WMATA, let’s have a chat.
You ALWAYS want more money – this much is clear. I don’t think you’ll EVER have all the money you say you “need”. Any time something comes up you run to politicians saying lack of funding is the problem.
I wish I could agree with you. I really do.
WMATA, WASTE is your problem. Not lack of funds.
I can’t get behind raising fares, etc when you’re doing stuff like this:
Update: apparently all this money is being spent on the 1000 series rail cars. These are the oldest rail cars that will be the first to go when the 7000-series cars start taking riders. The waste knows no end.
Update 2: (2/19/15)
WMATA Board Chair Downey was nice enough to provide some clarification tonight on Twitter. First of all – he’s responding to riders on Twitter, so… thank you Mr. Downey. Second, he’s clarified that the 1000 series will only receive recarpeting for “safety reasons”. I can’t argue with safety so I won’t. But still – $4M seems a bit pricey. Maybe it’s transit-grade carpet?