Metro Drops Longtime Manager

I’ve written many times before about the sheer incompetence of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA, ‘Metro’), and for all this time the buck stopped at the office of Metro Chief Executive Richard White.

For all his internal mismanagement, he competently duped the Metro board, Congress, and many of the area’s citizens into believing that Metro’s problems were due only to poor funding and equipment age—thus keeping his leadership role for ten years while the system crumbled around him.

Inconsistent funding and the age of the system are valid concerns, but the funding situation is mitigated by fares (higher than any other transit system in the United States) and the Metro is no older—often younger—than similar systems in other cities. Metro’s problems stem almost entirely from a patent, incontestable failure of management—Richard White’s area of responsibility. Good riddance.

Scott Bradford is a writer and technologist who has been putting his opinions online since 1995. He believes in three inviolable human rights: life, liberty, and property. He is a Catholic Christian who worships the trinitarian God described in the Nicene Creed. Scott is a husband, nerd, pet lover, and AMC/Jeep enthusiast with a B.S. degree in public administration from George Mason University.