Back in March, we caught wind of Metro's plans for stimulus money, and over the weekend, the Washington Post fleshed out the details.
Below is the breakdown of Metro's shopping list. What do you think? How far will all this money go toward unsucking Metro? Looks like a pretty mixed bag to us.
Seems a little odd to spend twice as much on a garage bathroom rehab than on a welding program to fix track defects.
Also, the Red Line, in particular seems to have been plagued lately with switch malfunctions, a remedy to which is not apparent on the list.
Supposedly, you can keep an eye on Metro's spending via their stimulus accountability site.
• Replacement of oldest buses - $27M
• MetroAccess expansion, replacement - $3.8M
• Service vehicle replacement - $6M
• Bus replacement components - $2.8M
• New bus body and paint shop - $30M
• Replacement of southeastern bus garage - $30.6M
• Bus garage restroom rehabilitation - $7.6M
• Replacement of crumbling platforms - $16M
• Update platform real-time signs - $2.5M
• Metro Center sales office replacement - $1M
• Bus garage security upgrade - $3M
• Equipment for operations control center - $3M
• Emergency tunnel evacuation carts - $1M
• Underground communications radios - $1M
• Additional station alarm/chemical sensors - $4M
• Heavy duty locomotives for maintenance - $7M
• Power tool equipment replacement - $1.9M
• 60-ton crane for track work - $4M
• Heavy-duty track equipment - $11.6M
• Track welding program to repair defects - $3.9M
• Track pad/shock absorber rehab - $1M
• Upgrade 3 oldest stations and systems - $12M
• Additional SmarTrip fare machines - $3.5M
• Bus real-time, route and schedule systems - $3M
• Bus engine fluid alert system - $1.5M
• Kiosk and train control computers - $0.8M
• Sensitive data protection technology - $4.9M
• Document management system - $2M
• Financial system integration - $5M