There is no electric string yet along Princes Street (Edinburgh's main shopping thoroughfare) but all the track and street signs are in place, bravely announcing that the road is for buses and trams only.
Once out of the city centre and just beyond Haymarket Station ...
Ms Lesley Hinds, transport convener at Edinburgh City Council, insisted: "The tram project is now making good, steady progress in line with the revised schedule and, when finished, will be a vital part of a new, modern, integrated transport system for the future." She went on: "This particular part of the line is especially important and will connect the city centre to the airport, something that will benefit the people of Edinburgh and visitors for many years to come. As we've seen, the line goes right to the airport and will be convenient and accessible to all passengers."
And it's only going to cost £1,000,000,000 (one billion). Say it quickly and no-one will notice.
Hmmm? Three years late? Three times over budget? One third of the original line plan axed?
Good, steady progress?