Give me a break

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‘The surgery changed Theo’s Life’
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WTOP reports that WMATA’s funding issues are causing the Jurisdictional Coordinating Committee to discuss potential cutback strategies that include 10pm closing times on the weekend. This isn’t really as interesting as it sounds – the JCC is an group comprised of regional transportation leaders and they’re simply putting together suggestions to bring before the Metro board next week. Their role is to advise, not decide. From the 2006 WMATA Board of Directors procedures [pdf] “The Jurisdictional Coordinating Committee has been established by the Board to facilitate the exchange of information and viewpoints between jurisdictions and the WMATA staff and among the jurisdictions.”

That said, is this a productive use of an advisory committee’s time? Sure, we could theoretically solve the homeless problem in about 24 hours by sending out the police force to shoot each one of them in the head, but most of us accept that such a cure would be unacceptable. So is it really necessary to list that as a possible solution to the problem? WMATA needs to provide solutions that are useful to people, and if you’ve ever waited the interminable period of time it takes for a train to show up at 1am on Friday night you know there’s a demand for Metro services. Kick Groktor off that committee and come up with some real solutions.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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