Surprise: Washington-area train project running woefully behind and over budget

posted at 10:01 pm on March 19, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Ya don’t say:

RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) — The opening of the new Silver Line has been indefinitely delayed because of serious problems with the train communication system and other issues.

“This has turned into a soap opera,” said Former Congressman Tom Davis who chairs MWAA’s Dulles Corridor Committee. He says the fault belongs with the contractor, Dulles Transit Partners.

This has been going on for a while. The line was supposed to have been up and running by late 2013.

Probably just needs more stimulus.


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Choo Choo! Not…

climbnjump on March 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Probably Republican obstructionism to blame.

orangemtl on March 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

“This has turned into a soap opera,”

Is this when the tax payers drop the soap bar in the showers?

docflash on March 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Maybe the enviroweenies are approaching the Keystone pipeline the wrong way. Seems the best way to prevent something from getting build is to let the feds build it.

Flange on March 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM

…put Biden in charge?

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Look for the Union Label.

Mimzey on March 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Another 3-bagger night MKH. 6 in two nights.

On fire! Super blogger.

A new spot for you in Incredible 2?

Franklin100 on March 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Incredibles 2 starring MKH?

Franklin100 on March 19, 2014 at 11:00 PM

After the Red Line crash due to faulty signaling that crumpled the system’s oldest cars like an aluminum can, WMATA has decided to make their newest trains for the Silver Line as sturdy as the heavy trains run on the New York subways (where someone last night in Brooklyn tried to mimic that Nissan Rogue-on-the-roof-of-a-train ad, with no damage to the train). But they probably still don’t want the trains head-oning into each other, and the Washington system is far more computer-reliant for signaling than other, older systems — in fact, everything in the D.C. system tends to rely too much on technology that has not been maintained properly, leading to signaling problems and broken escalators in stations 10-15 stories underground.

jon1979 on March 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Here in the Seattle area, we’ve got our own mass transit boondoggle a-cookin’.

Splashman on March 19, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Tee hee! So has the one in California!

OccamsRazor on March 19, 2014 at 11:53 PM

But you see, if you give them, uh, good coffee, and um… good music…

Rusty Nail on March 20, 2014 at 12:18 AM

I avoid the Metro at all costs. I cab it anywhere I need to go. Though that’s not much less painful since you inevitably get some hostile Muzzy as a driver. DC just sucks.

WhatSlushfund on March 20, 2014 at 12:44 AM

I cab it anywhere I need to go. Though that’s not much less painful since you inevitably get some hostile Muzzy as a driver. DC just sucks.

WhatSlushfund on March 20, 2014 at 12:44 AM

No kidding about the Muzzys. They all hang out a Starbucks I walk by and they’ll sit outside and just glare at you as if you have no right to be on their sidewalk.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 7:31 AM

Choo choo cha-boogie boondoggle!

GWB on March 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM

As someone who just moved to the area I was amazed how BAD the mass transit system is around here. One of the bigest cities in the nations and the train cars are strait out of the 70s. Not really all that surprised, just look at the city goveremnt. But dont worry Marion Barry just endorsed Gray who about to be under inditement for Mayor, I am sure thoes guys are going to fix this.

falcaner on March 20, 2014 at 8:55 AM

The D.C. Metro has been crumbling for decades, it honestly gets worse every year. You cannot rely on it for anything — if you have 2 hours to get somewhere it’ll be running, but if you absolutely need to be somewhere by a particular time it will immediately trap you in a tunnel. It’s the only place I’ve actually seen 6 people try to change a lightbulb. So naturally like any other unionized money pit, anytime they get more funding they try to just make it bigger rather than fix what they already have.

JeremiahJohnson on March 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Just history repeating itself with railroads in today’s world and in the past – money making for a few and huge loss to us via our taxes!

Roselle on March 20, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I bet Bush is to blame

mumbojumbo on March 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Obama will handle it. There must be an executive order that covers this.

oldennis on March 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM