Gray team: WMATA subsidy use illegal
District Mayor Vincent Gray's transition team has released a report on the city's transportation department, and he says the department under departed director Gabe Klein "skirted responsibility," suffered from a "lack of transparency," and put together a budget based on "deliberately overstated federal earmarks."
The document says streetcars already purchased can't be used because they're not handicap accessible.
And it says--shocker--lines are long at the DMV.
The report was put together by Cellerino Bernardino and Thomas Downs, a new District representative to Metro's board of directors. It says "DOT has been using the WMATA subsidy to fund project and operating costs as reimbursable projects (e.g., trolleys, the Circulator), without Council and congressional approval -- a violation the Home Rule Act."
In fairness to Klein's department in regards to the transparency charge, DDOT under his leadership rolled out several useful tools aimed at openness and communication. Such engagement is similar to Gray's recommendation for improving DMV service: "Recommendation: Promote use of online services via public education/outreach
and incentives for choosing online vs. in person transactions."
| February 15, 2011; 6:43 PM ET
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