WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Statehood Green Party was alarmed to hear that a red line train carrying 60 passengers derailed this morning outside Farragut North Station. While we are heartened to hear that there were no serious injuries, this is only the latest in a long line of very serious incidences that have occurred under the watch of WMATA.
While DC Statehood Greens acknowledge that WMATA’s funding shortfall does need to be addressed, we are adamant that cuts should be prioritized from upper management, not service.
DC Greens also continue to call for a dedicated source of WMATA funding. Specifically, DCSGP is calling for: dedicated funding derived from a 1% income tax on businesses located in and around metro/metrobus station locations; and, dedicated funding derived from nominal rental car taxes at the current Metrorail stop at Reagan National Airport and the future Metrorail stop Dulles Airport.
DC Greens remain strongly opposed proposals for dedicated metro funding via a 1% flat sales tax. Sales taxes – the preferred dedicated revenue source for many systems nationwide, are regressive – taking a larger percentage of income from low-income earners than from high-income earners.
Last year, in wake of critical budget WMATA shortfalls and increasingly frequent service outages that disproportionately affect low-income workers, senior citizens and students, the DC Statehood Green Party officially signed on as a sponsor member of ATU 689’s ’Save our System Coalition.’
Together, ATU 689 and the DC Statehood Green Party continue to call for WMATA to: 1) Reject service cuts and fare increases; 2) Implement modified flat fare system; 3) Allow free transfers from local bus-to-rail, rail-to-local bus or local bus-to-local bus within two hours of the time you paid your fare; 4) Expand hours of operation.