Though I certainly agree that some of the blame should be placed on politicians, I think TTC management deserve quite a bit too. Their scheduling of the overhead replacement was 'haphazard" at best and I saw no sign of them ever reporting to their Board that by not completing overhead conversion faster they would end up paying for both pantographs and poles on all cars. In addition, their pole replacement program was handled in what I think was a wasteful way - they did not do a whole area or street at one time but did most of them and then had to return (sometimes several times) to do the rest.Actually, it is because of budget cuts forced on the TTC by the higher-ups. Something has to be cut, and the streetcar network has been the lowest priority for decades. The same reason why the streetcars have to "stop" at each and every track switch for "safety" because there are no funds to fix them property.