Metro Stockholm syndrome


A rider approaches a closed entrance to the Smithsonian Metro station after an incident involving the Blue and Orange lines. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

It’s increasingly expensive, increasingly unreliable and just about useless on the weekends, but Washington area residents still love Metro, a new Washington Post poll has found. “Roughly seven in 10 residents, or 71 percent, give Metrorail positive ratings. A 56 percent majority rate Metrorail as good, and 15 percent call it excellent. Few see the system in a negative light, with 16 percent rating the rail system as not so good or poor,” Dana Hedgpeth and Scott Clement report. “But if the riders’ mounting concerns about Metro start to eat into their modest overall satisfaction with the system, it could make it even harder to line up the political and financial support Metro’s leaders will need to carry out their plans” to expand and improve the system. Perhaps that’s why Metro honchos should be a little nervous when the editor of the Post’s editorial page talks about his “blood simmering” over Metro’s reliability record and its sometimes ham-fisted public relations.

In other news:

Council’s vote on living-wage bill puts big veto pressure on Vincent Gray (Post)

FEMS ambulance deployment plan nixed by D.C. Council committee (PostWTTG-TVWUSA-TVWTOPWJLA-TV)

Colby King: Tony Cheng and Keely Thompson prosecutions portend more to come (Post column)

Police surveillance cameras are an increasingly indispensable crime-fighting tool (WaTimes)

DCPS plans to open “ninth-grade academies,” keeping repeat freshmen away from new freshmen (Post)

How a D.C. cop is saving kids and resparking interest in baseball in Ward 7 (Post)

Two-thirds of region’s residents support bike infrastructure expansion (Post)

In final tally, social-service spending got $50 million boost in 2014 D.C. budget (Post)

And Muriel Bowser’s free-transit-rides-for-students proposal is among education initiatives funded (Post)

The living wage opponents offer no solution to the fact that an entire industry is built heavily on poverty-level jobs” (Hill Rag)

Federal judge handling Gray/Thompson prosecutions feels heat over FISA court (Post)

Jonetta Rose Barras is not a fan of public campaign financing (Post column)

Man accused of child sex abuse hangs self in D.C. jail, less than two weeks after Paul Mannina jail death (PostWaTimesWUSA-TV)

Colts safety, former All-Met Joe Lefeged arrested in Ward 7 on gun charge (Post)

Founder of Elsie Whitlow Stokes school inducted into national charter school hall of fame (Post)

Is Howard University Hospital an “albatross” around the school’s neck? (WBJ)

Jim Graham thinks there’s still hope for Howard Town Center deal (Housing Complex)

D.C.’s health exchange is well ahead of its neighbors (Post)

Who will take over Coast Guard’s Buzzard Point building after it moves to St. Elizabeths? (WBJ)

New fiscal year for Metro means new schedules for some bus lines (WRC-TV)

Sending your kinds to summer camp in D.C. can be a real hassle (Post op-ed)

Human Rights Watch defends its sexual assault report (Post letter)

Upheaval at the Tabard Inn (Post)

The lives of the live-aboards (Post Magazine)

Young D.C. poetry slammers prepare for South Africa trip (Post)

NoVa man has a hard time getting his head around ticket scalping (Post)

Dan Tangherlini is your permanent director of the General Services Administration (WBJ)

Four recent attacks, one a homicide, involved gay or transgender victims (Post)

Two additional assaults on transgender women reported early Saturday (PostWRC-TVWTOPWAMU-FM)

Triple shooting stokes fears of retaliatory violence at Benning Road SE apartments (WUSA-TV)

Early-Sunday melee at U Street 7-Eleven involved knives, shoes (Post)

Eight years in prison for man who stabbed gay 16-year-old (Metro Weekly)

Dog poisoning alleged in Logan Circle (WTOP)

Car thefts continue decline in D.C. and nationally (Post)

How D.C.’s public defenders became a national model (Legal Times)

Central Union Mission now officially belongs to a developer (WBJ)

Layoffs at MedStar hospitals (WBJ)

Ben & Jerry’s D.C.-themed flavor unveiled, unlikely it will ever hit stores (DCist)

A sudden end to the best neighborhood blog around (Borderstan)

Yay, Petula! (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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