One of Metro's founding fathers dies
Mr. Barnett represented Montgomery County for decades on Metro's board of directors, beginning in 1971 while the system was still under construction. He resigned in 2003. Metro opened in 1976.
Smith writes that Mr. Barnett's greatest impact was expanding the Red Line into Montgomery County in the early 1980s, and he helped ensure the county received the first suburban routes when Metro expanded outside the District.
Mr. Barnett believed the transit system "should reflect the city's magnificence and beauty. He opposed garish advertising aboard trains and inside stations, which he felt would detract from their majestic vaults."
"This is the nation's capital, and there is a great history here," Mr. Barnett said in 2003. "George Washington and Abraham Lincoln have tread the streets here. We need to be respectful of that. ... You shouldn't use the opportunity to trash the rail or the bus system because you can make a little money."
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