The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

D.C. Area Metro Bus Fire:
Symptom of a Larger Problem

Sep 13, 2010

A Metro bus burst into flames on the Capital Beltway. Metro said it would immediately pull all 100 buses belonging to the 10-year-old, diesel-powered Orion VI series in order to make repairs to the hydraulic pumps. Interesting how they knew so quickly which part was problematic.

In fact, Metro knows that all its equipment needs maintenance. But that would require Metro to hire more workers. Metro prefers to wait and see. Maybe people won’t die when the faulty train detection system malfunctions. Maybe the bus won’t be on the beltway when it bursts into flames.

Metro, which just stuffed its bank vaults with money from the recent fare increase, gambles with our lives.

Use the money to hire more workers to fix this broken down system. We need safe and affordable public transportation. And people need jobs.