WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro’s general manager says efforts to maintain and refurbish the transit system would take a big hit if Congress gives final approval to a $150 million cut in funding.

General Manager Richard Sarles told The Washington Post’s editorial board on Monday that train delays would become more frequent, Metro would order fewer buses and ticket machines might not be replaced if funding is reduced. Sarles, however, said that safety initiatives would continue even without the $150 million.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended track equipment upgrades after a 2009 crash on the red line that killed nine people.

Sarles says the region’s congressional delegation and lawmakers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., have been working to preserve the funding.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    How about if Metro actually ran the line like it was a business instead of using the government’s TIT to suck on. There are most likely from what I have observed during my travels at least 30% employees that could be axed & a slew of so called Jr-ececutives in nice paying positions. Metro is necessary but has never been self sufficient & had smart people. Consider turning it private & fares will increase but the trains will run on time & the buses will be clean & have no graffiti. Amtrak, that’s another story except that the N.E.corridor is the politicians puppy & its hands off. They get all the funding they need but are still a futile gov. step child. The trains could & should be running on time vs taking a plane for within a three hundred mile trip. A plane is a waste considering the price, security checks, long lines, high parking. A one hour flight turns into four hours vs a high speed train that could get you safely downtown in the city of your choice within two to three hours or less.

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