Will these routine funding crises end? If so, how many years will it take and how do we get there?

Riders don’t have that information today. Some WMATA officials are pushing to collect and share it, but it will take support inside and outside the organization.

Meanwhile, the largest repair effort in the agency’s history is underway. It’s absolutely necessary, but riders must suffer frequent single-tracking, delays from shuttle buses on weekends, and even entrances closing for months.

Will this end and will Metro reach and maintain a “state of good repair”? If so, when, and how much will it cost?

When asked about specifics of the repair timeline, CEO Richard Sarles has only said, “It’ll be done when it’s done.” That answer certainly avoids setting any expectations that the agency might fail to meet, but it doesn’t address a much deeper and critical question:

Will we ever get out of the proverbial woods?

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

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