Eleven General Assembly Delegates have sent a letter to WMATA chairman Jack Evans saying they would block any additional funding for Metro repairs. The following day the Governor threatened to withhold more funding to metro until the subway system has improved its safety record. Jack Evans replied with a scoff, calling the letter “ludicrous”.
“You can threaten all you want,” Evans said. “I say to the political leaders of the jurisdictions, my advice would be, get on board and be supportive. Threats are idle. They mean nothing to me.”
Evans went on to explain just how far into the hole this regional metro albatross is,
“The fact of the matter is, Metro has a $300 million operating shortfall, an $18 billion capital shortfall and a $2.5 billion unfunded pension liability. And we have to address it some way,”
That translates to $3,500 for every man, woman, and child in the greater Washington area that includes areas as far away as Stafford county Virginia and Jefferson county West Virginia.
The letter is embedded below. More on the story here.