Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WMATA aka DC Metro

The Metro board complains too much. They complain about the lack of funding, and blame everyone else for their failure to take cars out of service that the NTSB had said were no longer safe. I’m a semi-frequent metro rider on the red line, and I get annoyed with the higher fares and lower service, but what am I going to do about it? Well, it isn’t bad enough for me to do anything about it. Metro can take all of their older cars out of service today, and simply run fewer trains, and leave people on the platform, waiting for the next one, and the next one, and the next one. This would surely get their attention, and their frustration would be heard by the politicians for sure, and the funding would come. Instead, they keep these older cars in service, and risk lives, knowing that they can just blame congress, DC, Virginia, and Maryland when something goes wrong.

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