Friday, March 27, 2009

A Metro Accountability Site?

Metro says it's is creating a new Web site to allegedly show you where and how it is going to spend the stimulus money. The site will apparently be at, but there's nothing there yet.

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.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Are you telling me they just decided right there to spend the stimulus money without ordering a $500,000 consulting "study" to advise them on how to spend the stimulus money?

Oops, shouldn't have said that. Lisa Farbstein, ignore the above. Don't want to give you Metro folks bad ideas....

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