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BREAKING: Metro Tragedy

by: cycle12

Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 19:31:58 PM EDT


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UPDATE: Casualty count now up to 9 killed and over 70 injured.  We offer our sympathy to everyone affected by this horrific crash.  Please feel free to share any personal stories about the accident here. (kindler)

I was shocked and saddened to see this report of tragedy on the Metro's Red Line in D. C. just outside Maryland at about 5:00 P.M. today:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_...

cycle12 :: BREAKING: Metro Tragedy
Whenever I visit the Northern Virginia/Washington D. C. area, I make it a point to use the Metro system, one of the best that I've ever ridden in this country or in Europe or Asia.

I frequently brag on the Metro's cleanliness and efficiency, and have used it often to make sure that family and friends, foreign students and visitors get to where they need to go without fear for their safety.

I know that many of you on this blog depend on the Metro system in your daily lives, and that you may be even harder hit by this tragedy.

May our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are suffering at this time...

Steve

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I pray also for the victims and the families who were traumatized by this terrible event.

A friend of ours...
...was on one of the trains right before the two that crashed.  She went home from the station and didn't know anything had happened.  

Amazing how a few minutes, a chance decision to linger or hurry to go somewhere, can make all the difference in the world.


Obama offers prayer and thanks
President Barack Obama offered a prayer for those killed or injured in yesterday's Metro tragedy and he praised emergency workers for saving lives:

http://www.comcast.net/article...

Steve


sorting out tradegy
Its been over 24 hours since the accident and  officials will be digging through the rubble to determine possible causes.  One issue that continues to be raised is the need to replace outdated trains and update the systems which of course requires multiple millions of dollars.

As pointed out in a posting in today's Mother Jones, D.C. Metro is the only public transit system that does not have dedicated funding, but instead relies on Congress to provide needed funding. Turns out that getting funding approved by Congress is a herculean task. A window into the process from 2008 in which Rep. Tom Davis proposed a Metro funding bill:
http://www.motherjones.com/moj...

"But the Davis bill, as it is currently constructed, will likely never make its way past Coburn. "I'm happy to be a roadblock to that bill," Coburn tells WTOP. "It's $1.5 billion they want, we (the government) don't have the money to pay for it, so where are we going to get the money?

Coburn doesn't think one penny of funding for Metro should come from American taxpayers. "How dare us say we are going to steal opportunity from our children so that we can have a ride on the Metro. I think the vast majority of Americans would disagree with that."

Condolences and prayers to the families ---thanks to the  firefighters, emergency workers, health care workers and police.



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