Last night in Southeast DC, a woman in her 20s was fatally struck by a W2 bus, bringing the number of fatal bus accidents involving WMATA to three in 2007, and to four within 8 months. The accident earlier in the week that claimed the lives of two Alexandria women prompted WMATA’s new general manager John Catoe to promise safety training for all drivers on a yearly basis.
Alright, who thinks they’ll take it seriously? I hated at work lectures about safety and disaster awareness, they were a chore and never worth the time involved. How about hiring drivers who will pay some attention on the roads and not use the area’s citizenry as a grand game of target practice? So, how DO we fix something like this? Is there a non-bureaucratic solution that will step up safety amongst the drivers? The last thing we need is a heavy-handed council reaction trying to quell the frantic response of the citizenry. How can WMATA fix its problems?
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs