While yesterday's "glitch" was more annoying than anything else, it again sheds light on how Metro seems to operate reactively, not proactively. This is, we've argued repeatedly, because of three problems: poor management, lack of money and no oversight body (and here) that can force Metro to take prudent action BEFORE there's a crisis.
Yesterday's communications meltdown was caused by a 27-year-old power distribution unit that failed. There is no redundant system. According to the Washington Post, it will cost $14 million to repair, so pile that onto the already looming $22 million budget deficit.
According to Metro's chief spokesperson, Lisa Farbstein who spoke to WJLA:
"It was something old. It was something that had been previously identified as needing to be upgraded. It was on the list. Unfortunately it failed before we were able to address it."Since this appears to be déjà vu week on this blog, you may recall that Metro knew there were potential problems with the automatic train control system--a problem identified and fixed by the Bay Area Rapid Transit System in the 1970s--yet WMATA failed to take any action until after the June 22 crash, and the new system is only now being tested.
Makes you wonder what else is on "the list" that's out there ready to break. Those T3s are pretty sweet though.