Here are some of the projects Metro says it will use the stim money for:
• Replacing Metro’s oldest diesel buses with new hybrid-electric buses
• Replacing crumbling platforms
• Installing SmarTrip purchase capabilities at more Metro fare vending machines
• Enhancing bus garage security
• Installing technologies to improve bus route and schedule information
• Rehabilitating the oldest stretch of track in the rail system
• Replacing the Southeastern bus garage
• Updating train arrival signs on platforms and mezzanines
• Replacing the Metro Center Customer Sales Facility
• Expanding and replacing vehicles for paratransit service
On this list, the only one that really interests us as a rail passenger is the track rehab. The rest seems, well, frivolous considering the breakdowns Metro is plagued with.
In other news:
- We didn't take Metro this morning, but we got a boatload of Orange Line tweets about problems. We'd love to hear from any of you out there who rode the Orange Line today. Bueller?
- Metro is adding service for the cherry blossoms
- Metro announced a strange sounding collision between one of its buses and MARC train. Read the Metro version of the even here.
- New bus facility opens in NOVA.
- Metro to correct structure displacement near Cheverly Metrorail station
- No beta testing for NextBus