Metro Repair Plan
Press release issued April 6, 2016
Metro's new general manager Paul Wiedefeld has prescribed some bitter medicine for Metro. This is in large part the consequence of years of underfunding and neglect of transit needs by the local and state governments which control Metro's board. Those governments now bear the responsibility of minimizing the pain their past actions now impose on Metro's riders.
The local and state governments must take two immediate steps. First, Metro's needs should be fully funded, including more railcars to minimize service disruptions and increased bus service to make up for curtailed rail service. Second, wherever buses replace closed Metro lines or supplement single-tracked lines, the buses must be given bus-only lanes to run on. Our limited transportation resources must be used to maximum efficiency. Buses filled with dozens of commuters should not be held up behind single-occupant vehicles.