TRANSPORTATION: PUBLIC URBAN AND PASSENGER: D.C. Metro Crash Highlights Underfunding of Public Transit Systems

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TRANSPORTATION: PUBLIC URBAN AND PASSENGER: D.C. Metro Crash Highlights Underfunding of Public Transit Systems

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TRANSPORTATION: PUBLIC URBAN AND PASSENGER:
D.C. Metro Crash Highlights Underfunding of Public Transit Systems



D.C. Metro Crash Highlights Underfunding of Public Transit Systems
$50B in Backlog Repairs Is Needed for Rail Transit, but Just $5.6B Was
Spent in 2006
By GAIL RUSSELL CHADDOCK
June 27, 2009
ABC News
<http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=7941096&page=1>


Federal investigators don't yet know why DC Metro Train 112 rounded a bend
near Fort Totten station and slammed into Train 214 this week, taking nine
lives and injuring 80.

But what is known is that there is a vast and widening gap between what's
needed to keep America's public transportation systems fit to ride and
what federal, state, and local authorities are investing in them.

More than one-third of assets in the nation's seven largest rail transit
agencies, including the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
(WMATA), are in marginal or poor condition, according to an April report
by the Federal Transit Administration.

These include public rail systems in New York, Chicago, Boston, New
Jersey, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Together, these
systems account for more than 3 billion passenger trips a year.

A fix for the backlog would cost $50 billion; maintaining good repair
thereafter, another $5.9 billion annually. But the actual level of
investment in rehabilitation, replacement, and improvement of existing
transit assets in these systems was $5.4 billion in 2006, the latest year
reported in the study.




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