he Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is increasingly dysfunctional. DC’s subway system is designed to run eight-car trains but due to lack of equipment two-thirds of the trains operating during rush hour have only six cars even though they are packed full of people. WMATA has asked Virginia, Maryland, and DC for nearly $1.5 billion so it can purchase new equipment and upgrade its system to allow a return to eight-car trains.If you can't get buy-in from the Maryland secretary of transportation for a major public transportation system, you're system is pretty danged messed up.
The Maryland secretary of transportation, Pete Rahn, says the state is reluctant to give hundreds of millions of dollars to an agency as poorly run as WMATA.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
How badly managed is Washington D.C.'s Metro system?
So badly run that other government agencies think it's badly run: