The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Washington, D.C.:
Mass Transit Derailed

Aug 17, 2015

After a subway train derailed on August 6th, thousands of workers either had to miss a day of work or were very late or had to find other means altogether to get to their jobs. This is not the first time Metro has had problems.

This particular example shows the problems clearly. A train derails or stalls or breaks down and the platforms become swamped and overwhelmed with masses of people struggling to get to work and not fall onto the tracks.

Metro knew about this particular defect that caused the derailment for a month and did NOTHING. Just like they know about the exhaust fans and coverings for the electric cables and 40 year old Metro cars.

People have to get to work. Public transportation is a necessity in this society. Metro has an obligation to make the system run and run safely. This incident is the result of a conscious policy to not use the public funds allocated to Metro for proper maintenance and repair of the system. It’s a choice. And Metro has chosen to risk people’s lives and livelihoods.