McCartney: Get serious, Metro
Some of the commentary in the wake of the National Transportation Safety Board's withering findings about safety at Metro pointed out that while the NTSB evaluates systems based on a single criterion, safety--without taking into consideration even financial feasibility--most of us, on any given weekday, are judging the system based on other factors, like convenience, reliability and affordability. Metro leadership, meanwhile, must balance all these factors with the resources at hand.
But in today's newspaper, Post columnist Bob McCartney contends that other factors aside, the NTSB had it right: Systemic deprioritization of safety is a cultural issue, one of attitudes and mindsets--and changing those doesn't cost a cent.
"At Metro, however, it emerged at Tuesday's hearing that workers were ignoring thousands of alarms a week triggered by the faulty signaling devices, known as track circuit modules. The attitude was: The machines don't work, but there haven't been any crashes, so why worry?," he writes.
Read the rest of McCartney's column and let us know your thoughts on the "Metro mindset" and how safety fits in with quality service and a limited budget.
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