Lovain says he’s proud of Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s aggressive approach on working to improve system safety and reliability, but he says the system needs more.
“At almost every other rail transit system in American, there’s a dedicated regional funding source — usually a sales tax, sometimes a gas tax, something like that — not here,” Lovain said.
“So, we have to pass the hat all the time, and that tends to come up short on the money when you do it that way.”
The challenge is to get legislative bodies in Virginia and Maryland and D.C.’s City Council to work together to decide how to create dedicated funding for Metro. Partners in the federal government also might like to be part of the process.
“It’s a tall order, but it’s a necessary thing to do,” Lovain said.