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With the will they-won't they story line around Qatar kicking in $100,000 to keep Metro open as the latest in a long stream of facepalm moments for the area's main public transportation provider. I don't use Metro regularly - only when visiting family and that's usually on the weekend - but God knows I hear about it every time I have a chat with them about it. From what I've gathered, Maryland, the Commonwealth, and Maryland struck a historic deal in March for consistent funding but as my father likes to say

"Metro's trifling, son." 

 

 

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It’s a ****ing shame.  I will only use metro if there is no other option and I HATE driving in the city.

 

Metro didn’t always suck.  It seemed decent in the 90’s.  What the hell happened?

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1 minute ago, Springfield said:

It’s a ****ing shame.  I will only use metro if there is no other option and I HATE driving in the city.

 

Metro didn’t always suck.  It seemed decent in the 90’s.  What the hell happened?

 

It has been crumbling badly since 2012. IMO that’s when we started getting consistent track fires and weekly delays during peak hours. Which ultimately led to the “safetrack” project in 2016.

 

Also, WMATA is planning on shutting down multiple blue line stations next year during the summer for more track work. 

 

Years and years of neglect to the public transportation infrastructure in the area has finally caught up. Yet there are ridiculous proposals like the gondola from Georgetown to Rosslyn that may cost upwards of $100 million.

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Are buses the money loser?  I feel like I read that in an article once, but I could be totally wrong on that.  

 

Metro subways were decent when I used it back in '03.  Then again, I switched to driving after a year, so maybe not so much?  Although, with all the mobile entertainment available now, I probably would've stuck it out now.

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3 minutes ago, No Excuses said:

 

Years and years of neglect to the public transportation infrastructure in the area has finally caught up. Yet there are ridiculous proposals like the gondola from Georgetown to Rosslyn that may cost upwards of $100 million.

Oh, man! That's a funny joke.

[Looks it up]

[It's legit]

http://www.georgetownrosslyngondola.com

...what the actual ****, Georgetown? 

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Also: found this article from GGWash on Metro's consistent maintenance woes. They say it isn't because it's a two-track system (which apparently is a common critique of Metro).

 

https://ggwash.org/view/41711/metro-doesnt-have-four-tracks-thats-not-why-maintenance-is-a-problem

 

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Lines with more tracks aren’t that way for redundancy, but rather capacity: they make it possible to fit twice the trains along the same avenue. In only the densest places in the world, like New York, is that sensible, and even so, most cities don’t do it.

Instead of making 4-track lines, what world cities with better transit systems than Washington enjoy is just more lines, period. You can shut down a line much more easily when there’s another one nearby. Back to New York, for instance, the tunnels between Manhattan and other boroughs are 2-track, but there are many parallel ones.

If the A train is under repair, the trains could travel on the F line instead. When the L tunnel has to be shut down for Sandy-related repairs, it’ll be horrible for residents of Williamsburg and Bushwick, but at least they can transfer to the G train to go around to another East River crossing.

When Chicago shut down its Red Line for months, it was able to set up bus service to get people to the parallel Green. Fewer parts of the DC Metro have alternate lines nearby.

 

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Metro, if it had the funding to keep up with maintenance, could be an awesome system.  It,unfortunately, is not.  

 

My biggest gripe about not staying open for Caps playoff games is it just makes the city look bush league.  This should be a no brainer.  

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26 minutes ago, PleaseBlitz said:

Metro, if it had the funding to keep up with maintenance, could be an awesome system.  It,unfortunately, is not.  

 

My biggest gripe about not staying open for Caps playoff games is it just makes the city look bush league.  This should be a no brainer.  

Well, maybe that's changing somewhat now that Virginia, Maryland, and the District signed bills dedicating funding to WAMTA a couple months ago

http://www.thehoya.com/historic-agreement-guarantees-dedicated-funding-wmata/

 

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Maryland lawmakers joined the governments of Washington, D.C., and Virginia yesterday in a final approval to jointly provide up to $500 million annually to fund the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in a historic funding decision that could boost the floundering system’s recovery efforts.

The Virginia general assembly pledged $154 million per year to Metro funding on March 7 on the condition that Maryland and D.C. also increase their contributions. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) pledged $178 million per year in her State of the District address on March 15.

The decision was part of a negotiation between Virginia, Maryland and D.C.’s whereby each party would provide the $500 million that Metro’s leadership argued is necessary to make Metrorail a world-class system.

The funding will be used to combat longstanding failures within the Metro system by improving rail cars and buses, replacing older equipment and catching up on delayed repairs across the 50-year old system.

The joint provision marks the first time Metro has had a stable source of funding since it was established in 1967. In the absence of a dedicated funding source, Metro has relied on the D.C. local government and seven other local and state jurisdictions for funding. Each government calculates its funding contribution based on population density, average weekday ridership and the number of stations operating in each region.

 

Hopefully they don't screw that up, too. 

 

Completely agree on not staying open for the Caps playoff game, though. D.C. Metro Area is one of the largest in the U.S. and yet we're depending on PepCo. and Qatar to stay open for a few hours after a major playoff game. Everyone's having a laugh at Metro - and D.C. as a sports town - over this and rightfully so. As I've said earlier: we're not a little town between Richmond and Baltimore anymore. We shouldn't be doing this. 

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40 minutes ago, thebluefood said:

Well, maybe that's changing somewhat now that Virginia, Maryland, and the District signed bills dedicating funding to WAMTA a couple months ago

http://www.thehoya.com/historic-agreement-guarantees-dedicated-funding-wmata/

 

 

Hopefully they don't screw that up, too. 

 

 

Unfortunately, because Rest-of-Virginia state delegates hate NoVa, the state legislature rejected a plan to raise taxes in order to raise new funds for Metro.  Instead, Virginia is sending funds to Metro that were already earmarked for other Metro improvements in Virginia.  So they are basically robbing Peter to pay Paul.  

 

https://wtop.com/virginia/2018/04/va-house-gop-rejects-tax-increases-metro-voting-take-money-northern-va-transportation-projects/

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Anyone ready to change their vote now?

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No excuse for a public transportation system in a major area like this to shutdown at 12 during the week and 1 during the weekends. The system has turned into a total embarrassment. 

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20 hours ago, No Excuses said:

It has been crumbling badly since 2012. IMO that’s when we started getting consistent track fires and weekly delays during peak hours. Which ultimately led to the “safetrack” project in 2016.

It was in bad shape throughout the aughts but the Fort Totten disaster is what exposed it.

 

They built the system and did minimal maintenance for 30 years

9 hours ago, spjunkies said:

No excuse for a public transportation system in a major area like this to shutdown at 12 during the week and 1 during the weekends. The system has turned into a total embarrassment. 

Metro's problem is that its beholden to 3 different jurisdictions, with two of them having their capitols being nowhere near the place that needs the system.

 

I have no idea how they can alleviate at that other than Fed government intervention.

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Bumping this because I had a chance to use Baltimore's light rail for the first time a few days ago. It was a weekday afternoon, heading to and from Camden Yards, and I liked it. Really hope the Purple Line in MoCo/PG County works out. A light rail into the District from Suburban Maryland would be pretty sweet, too, especially if Metro can't get its **** together. 

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