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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 06/23/2010

Is The Post too negative on Metro?

By washingtonpost.com editors

Tuesday was the first anniversary of the Metro crash, and The Post came out negative on the year's safety developments. The headline said efforts have "lost momentum" and the lede said there has been "too little progress."

There could certainly have been more progress, and in particular, it would be nice if the National Transportation Safety Board had gotten a report out already. However, there has been measurable progress, like a more effective Tri-State Oversight Committee and a new general manager. Kytja Weir's article in the Examiner Monday, by contrast, said that while progress has been slow, "Metro is finally taking steps to become safer."

The bottom line is that there could have been more progress and there could have been less. The Post's coverage, however, seems to follow a pattern of reporting everything bad that happens at Metro and very little else. Meanwhile, if Maryland MTA, PRTC, Ride On, the Circulator, or other transit agencies do something wrong, it doesn't seem to make it into the Post.

There was the June 18 article, "Metro in a rush to put complex fare increases in place," which talked about how much overtime Metro staff were putting in. The Metro board deserves some criticism for taking until the last possible moment to decide its budget, but this article could also have read, "Metro working heroically to get fare changes done in record time." Is this speed good or bad? Some of both, probably.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post on Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | June 23, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, transportation  
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Comments

The Washington Post has it right this time. Look at the blog, http://unsuckdcmetro.blogspot.com/. This guy has been trying to get people in the administration to try and understand what has been going on consistently in the metro system but no one listens. Check it out for yourselves. It even references this opinion article.

Posted by: paliceag | June 24, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I get that not all the news is bad... But the bad news items are HORRIFICALLY bad, whereas the good things are minor. Metro doesn't need the Post patting it on the back - it does that well enough on its own. If anything, we as citizens need to join The Post and be MORE critical of a transit agency that has the crappiest safety record in the nation for a mjor city, and an arbitration system that allows bus drivers who've KILLED people to not only keep their jobs, but to get back pay too for all the work they DIDN'T do.

'"Metro working heroically to get fare changes done in record time."' I mean, are you kidding me? You want to praise these people simply for putting in overtime on a project- which they are getting PAID for anyway? When I put in overtime at my job to get a project done on time, I don't get extra pay and I don't get my name in the paper. You know why? Because it isn't "heroic". It's just "doing your job". But that exactly illustrates how low our expectations are for this agency: that you're willing to give them a hand for doing something that is the most basic and minimum of job functions.

Posted by: jenms | June 24, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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