Apr
13
2012

#rsrh What the DC Metro escalator problem can tell us about government.

I was going to riff off of this American Crossroads bit about trying to get Democrats to give back Hilary Rosen’s campaign contributions, but you’re probably getting bored with reading about that. So here, via Instapundit, is a Reason.tv video about just how bad the escalator system is in the DC Metro.

And yeah: it’s bad.  Always has been, and it doesn’t surprise me at all that it’s apparently because they’ve got in-house people doing maintenance instead of outside contractors.  The desultory, lackidasical attitude towards fixing things was noticeable when I was using the Metro every day, and while I (thank God) no longer have to visit Dizzy City on a regular basis when I am there it doesn’t seem to have gotten any better.

And that’s the important thing.  The escalators were a problem ten years ago, they were a problem five years ago, and they’re a problem now. A private maintenance company with that kind of track record would have been shown the door after its contract expired… but the government’s contract never expires.  I don’t take my libertarianism straight, for several reasons – but I can see why stuff like this drives those folks nuts.  I’m not exactly happy about it, either.

Moe Lane

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