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Petition seeks more money for Metro

A coalition of activists this week launched a petition to press governments in Virginia, Maryland and the District to increase funding for Metro and stave off service hikes and fare cuts.

The petition, organized by Transit First! -- a coalition of transit advocates, Metro riders, and environmental groups -- calls on signers to urge their local representatives to urgently bolster funding to help fill a projected $189 million gap in Metro's budget for fiscal 2011, which begins in July.

"Despite getting billions in economic benefit from Metro, our region's governments leave the system chronically under funded," said an online introduction to the petition, titled: Fair Share for Metro.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Washington Post editors  |  March 9, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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Metro needs more funds, however, funds should only be made available after metro cleans house and eliminates waste and installs policies that identify and enforce accountability.

Posted by: 123cartoon | March 9, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I want to know how "fair share" is defined. What is unfair about people who use the metro (riders) paying for it? What is fair about making people who do not use it pay for it?

Posted by: mucus99 | March 9, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse should remember that roads are heavily subsidized too. Aside from a toll road when's the last time you paid for a road you drove on?

Posted by: Razor04 | March 9, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Mucus99, where do you think the extra hundreds of thousands of commuters would end up if there were no Metro? The roads are less clogged because of mass transit, which benefits the folks who do not personally use it.

Posted by: Stevis16 | March 9, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Funds for what? To feed raccoons?

Metro will just spend the money somehow and continue service reductions.

Have the Army take it over and run it.

Posted by: member5 | March 9, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Razor04 said:

" should remember that roads are heavily subsidized too. Aside from a toll road when's the last time you paid for a road you drove on?"

(Admittedly, I'm not mucus99, but...)

Let's see, I pay state and federal fuel taxes; state and local sales taxes; local and state real estate and personal property taxes; and local, state, and federal income taxes. A portion of all of those goes for streets/highways/roads. It can be argued that we "pay" to drive on those heavily subsidized roads (and some of that already subsidizes Metro).

Posted by: ceebee2 | March 9, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Only if it's spent on things like equipment, projects, and establishing a respectable safety culture. I personally wouldn't want us to keep fueling Metro's self-destructive addiction to unreasonably generous pay and benefits.

Posted by: HydroxCookies | March 9, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

How do I sign/endorse the Transit First! petition>

Posted by: JSalasin | March 10, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

@JSalasin, go to to sign the petition and send e-mails to your local legislators directly from the site.

Posted by: ladybec | March 10, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

they should do this petition every month, until the government electees take real action...

Posted by: Hattrik | March 10, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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