Friday, April 13, 2012

Metro Violence... Metro Mismanagement...How You Can Protect Loudoun

I hope you are ready to say: "Metro is NOT for Loudoun?"

What you can do:
1. On Tuesday of this week Metro representative will be in Leesburg to meet with Loudoun Supervisors. It will be their opportunity to explain why Loudoun should join into a lifelong partnership with them. On Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 PM, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold a public input session where the public can speak directly to the supervisors.

2. Will you adopt a pig (Tax Pig) so Loudoun doesn’t (Metro)? Tax Pig needs to get out to help us win this. Can he come to your yard for a day, or a week? He loves high traffic streets where people can see his Metro Message. Contact us at (Tax is house trained)

3. Call the Opt-Out Hotline (540) 751-8237 and tell Scott York and the rest of the Board of Supervisors we don't want to pay for this boondoggle. No Metro Taxes!

4. Contact us at  leave your mailing address, and we'll get you a "No Metro Tax" bumper sticker or yard sign to spread the word about our efforts.


 WMATA/Metro is a comedy of errors, but not funny if you are the victim. These stories are from just the last few days. They should give a sense that Metro is in rough shape and is not a suitable business partner for Loudoun to bet it's future on.

D.C. Escalator Nightmare    click here to see the video 

Why I no longer feel safe on Metro click here to read the full article

By Kurtis Hiatt, Published: April 13 Washington Post

“[Expletive] the white man! [Expletive] the white man!”

The man’s yells reverberated through the Metrorail car, breaking the quiet typical of an early-morning ride. I turned down the music on my iPhone. What was that? “[Expletive] the white man!” he screamed again. My fellow Blue Line riders and I looked around uneasily. I couldn’t see the man, but I did note that I seemed to be one of very few white men in the car. Still, I brushed it off. It’s not unusual to encounter crazy behavior while riding Metro. Rarely do things turn serious. As the train arrived at L’Enfant Plaza, I briefly considered switching cars. I didn’t. I should have.

Metro loves to brag about how they've upped the staff of the safety department, and local politicians extol Metro for putting extra emphasis on safety, but when you hear stuff like this, it makes you wonder if it's little more than a shell game.

From a source familiar with Metro:
I know a senior budget manager who had clashed over some big items with senior management and their tendency to fudge some numbers depending on the prevailing winds of local politics. (see story about Metro "finding" $16 million)

He suddenly found himself second in command in the Safety Department!

Now, I know first hand that he has as much experience in safety as I have in brain surgery, so that should show you what an emphasis Metro places on safety.

And that isn't the first time that has happened. There were other cases of people with absolutely no experience in safety being assigned to that department for some on-the-job training.

One of them has done a very good job - when he's not involved in his other career, Army Reserve major and in Afghanistan.

David LaRock

Hamilton Virginia

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