Regarding the May 5 Metro article "New report offers ways for Metro to cut costs":

Privatize Metro? The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority took over DC Transit, the failed bus system privately owned by New York real estate mogul Oscar Roy Chalk. The complaints lodged against privately owned DC Transit sounded just like those aimed at Metro today: too expensive, too slow, too outdated, too unsafe, too unreliable. Public transportation is necessary for the public good. Metro needs fixing, but privatization is no panacea.

Kathryn Collison Ray, Washington