Friday, April 9, 2010
The Examiner is reporting that riders who bothered to answer Metro's budget survey overwhelmingly prefer fare hikes--substantial ones--to service cuts--substantial ones.
We suppose given the current budget picture and that the union agreement appears untouchable, it's the only way, but how absurd and surreal it is that so many of us are practically begging for fare hikes of up to 28 percent when the overall service has been deteriorating.
We've badmouthed WMATA PR, but you have to hand it to them for presenting such limited options and getting us to swallow a whole pile o' suck with a smile on our faces.
We also wonder how support for fare increases would have been had they been truthfully represented as regressive tax increases on the people least able to afford it.
WMATA, the union, the Board and the jurisdictions should be ashamed-again.
Next week, the cycling experiment begins.
Posted by Unsuck DC Metro at 2:00 PM