Federal Takeover for Metro?
The inevitable question, how do you measure improvement in safety? People seemed to think Metro's safety record was just peachy until the Fort Totten Metro crash on June 22 2009. Suddenly the nation's second most heavily utilized metro system received a level of scrutiny on a daily basis that disclosed many problems that had previously been overlooked.
The fact is that Metro is neither as bad as it looks now nor as good as it looked before June 22, 2009. An aging, underfunded heavily used transit system is inevitably going to have some serious problems. Tragically those problems were visible before the catastrophic Fort Totten crash but nobody was paying attention.