May 5, 2005: "As equipment threatens to become less reliable, it is vitally important to finance additional capital maintenance for both the subway and the bus system." -- Rudolph G. Penner, The Urban Institute, before the Committee on Public Works and The Environment Councel of the District of Columbia.
March 23, 2006: "As a result of its investigation, the Safety Board made the following recommendations: ... Either accelerate retirement of Rohr-built railcars, or, if those railcars are not retired but instead rehabilitated, then Rohr-built passenger railcars should be retrofitted with crashworthiness collision protection that is comparable to 6000-series railcars." NTSB
June 22, 2009: Metro trains collide killing 9.
June 24, 2009: "The only appropriate response is to begin to eliminate the crash-unworthy cars with this year's appropriations." -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. The Washington Post
June 26, 2009: "D.C. Metro crash highlights underfunding of public transit systems." The Christian Science Monitor
July 9, 2009: "Fuck you, Washington." -- Adrian Fenty (paraphrased), The Washington Examiner. DC pulls its $50 million share of Metro funding from its budget, jeopardizing $150 milling in matching Federal funds.
Because if there's one thing that we can really afford to cheap out on today, two weeks after the worst accident in Metro's history, it's funding Metro.
I am no longer of the opinion that Adrian Fenty and the DC Goverment is a bastion of corruption and lies. Now, I am pretty sure that they're just common-or-garden variety stupid.