Friday, June 10, 2005

Metro's $1 billion budget

On the heels of the recent Washington Post series detailing mismanagement at Metro comes the agency's budget proposal, which for the first time tops $1 billion, says today's Post.

The plan would at 25 buses and 62 rail cars to ease overcrowding. Local governments are being asked to pay $434.4 million, 8 percent higher than the current budget. No fare increase is included; Metro riders have seen fares rise twice in the past two years and they already pay two-thirds of the operating budget, according to the paper.

3 Comments:

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Two thirds? I thought it was closer to a half, maybe there is hope. Of course we still have to consider deferred maintenance, periodic major maintenance and reconstruction, and retirement and health plan costs. As I understand it local governments are balking at upping their share of the new costs.

I have been wondering when Metro stopped washing the cars as the formerly gleaming vehicles have become increasingly grungy looking. Then I saw one of the cars in its new suit of advertising and I understood why the exterior of the cars was no longer maintained. I'm not a big fan of putting billboards on vehicles, didn't we just spend 20 years getting them off the roadways? Still, the advertising was an improvement over grungy IMHO.

 
At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Paul said...

Today they ran Orange line trains (during rush hour) every 8-10 minutes. Brilliant!

One of these days somebody is going to go postal on the Metro because they're 30 minutes late for work and they have a big presentation...

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Go Postal, that's funny. Recently I tried to explain that idiom to one of my Spanish speaking friends.....

 

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