Is The Post too negative on Metro?
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.]
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| June 23, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
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