Not a dime more for Washington Metro — yet

June 6, 2016

An editorial opinion from The Washington Post

Paul Kupiec is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Ryan Nabil is a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute.

Metro officials have been quick to capitalize on the recent subway service crisis by requesting an additional $25 billion in taxpayer support over the next 10 years to fund its operations and safety improvements, and an additional $2.5 billion for underfunded pensions.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s non-voting congressional delegate, made the case for additional funding before Congress: “When Metro shuts down, the federal government shuts down. So just try getting along without a Metro if you want a federal government at all.” But taxpayers should not be fooled into providing additional funds to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority until it meets minimum operating benchmarks.

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