Is Metro Safer? Reporters Disagree.
Today's one-year anniversary of the devastating Red Line metro crash has had the local scribes doing assessments, as they are wont to do, of Whether Anything Has Changed. The Examiner's story, from yesterday, runs through the safety initiatives that are still in progress, and ends on a glass-half-full note:
But the kinds of real changes that will make the system safer take time, observers say, and the tide is starting to turn.
Matthew Bassett, chairman of the Tri-State Oversight Committee charged with monitoring Metrorail's safety, said Metro has made "a significant amount of progress" on its safety initiatives. He said officials need to make sure they get it right. "If they rushed, they might as well not bother," he said.
[Ben] Ross agrees, noting that the underlying cultural shift that needs to occur will not happen immediately. And still, he said, "The most dangerous part of the trip on Metro remains crossing the street to get to the station."