New Report on D.C. Streetcar Reveals Questionable Spending of Taxpayer Money
February 23, 2016
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Releases Report on DC Streetcar Spending
Just Days Before Service Set to Begin, New Report Details Millions of Dollars in Taxpayer Funded Expenditures on Marketing & Communications
(Washington) – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a new report detailing questionable spending for the marketing and communications operation for the soon-to-be launched D.C. Streetcar. To date, the 2.4-mile project has cost $200 million, or $83 million per mile.
Last year, TPA submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) requesting all expenditures related to marketing and communications for the streetcar project between January 1, 2011 and July 27, 2015. After exhaustive and extensive research of thousands of pages of FOIA-related documents from DDOT, TPA identified more than $2 million of taxpayer money in costs devoted to marketing, public relations and communications for the project.
“The D.C. Streetcar is a pet project that local politicians have been trying to force onto the people of the District of Columbia (D.C.) for years,” said David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance President. “This is an endeavor costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, with money being used to fund a project that is unwanted and unnecessary. With just about two-thirds of that money already spent, it is troubling to see so much money being wasted on marketing and PR.”
With the launch just days away, taxpayers can read the report to find detailed invoices showing just how much of their money has been wasted on unnecessary and overpriced services related to marketing and communications for the project. “We encourage everyone to read this report so they can see how irresponsible D.C. officials have been from the beginning. The worst part about all of this is that not a single individual has yet to hop aboard, and yet we can already see how wasteful it has been for taxpayers’ wallets.”