Kevin Brady (R-Waaah!) has written a very stern letter to John Catoe, General Manager of the Washington Metro Transit Authority. He’s mad and he’s demanding answers.
He wants to know why some of his constituents – all proud RealAmericans® had to (O! The humanity!) wait for a train, because (according to his constituents) some of the trains were too full.
He is shocked, I say shocked that these tax-paying citizens didn’t get the full benefit of the Metro system that is funded by THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY.
Surely, Metro must have known the teabaggers were coming to town because adverts about the 9/12 teabag-a-thon was all over the T.V., Brady writes.
Before you read the letter, guess how this whimpering little carpet beetle voted on an bill that included emergency funding for Metro one month after a train crash caused by faulty equipment left nearly 80 injured and nine dead.
Washington, D.C. –
Mr. John B. Catoe, Jr.
Washington Metro Area Transit Authority
600 5th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
To Mr. Catoe:
I write this letter on behalf of my constituents of the 8th Congressional District of Texas – many of whom traveled at great expense and time to our nation’s capital to exercise their right of free speech in the Taxpayer March on D.C. which was held on Saturday, September 12. These individuals came all the way from Southeast Texas to protest the excessive spending and growing government intrusion by the 111th Congress and the new Obama Administration.
Based upon numerous eye-witness reports by participants in the march, it is clear METRO did not adequately prepare for the influx of Americans traveling to D.C. for this historic event. I want an explanation why.
During the march, I heard complaints from elderly veterans in wheel chairs who were denied use of the subway because not enough METRO cars were available and the METRO cars that did arrive were full to overflowing capacity.
An 80 year old woman and her 60 year old daughter were forced to walk – and eventually pay for a cab – due to overcrowded conditions on the METRO. I heard many such complaints. These participants, whose tax dollars were used to create and maintain this public transit system, were frustrated and disappointed that our nation’s capital did not make a greater effort to simply provide a basic level of transit service for them.
METRO was certainly aware of the march due to widespread media attention ahead of time. While the turnout was certainly much larger than predicted, it appears that METRO added no additional capacity to its regular weekend schedule.
I request that METRO promptly provide my office with a full summary of all preparations and actions taken by the agency ahead of and during the gathering, especially related to additional capacity, service, and security.
The cool thing is, once Catoe finishes wiping his ass on this letter, he’ll order a rider count and security tapes from key stations on T-Day. I suspect a lot of people don’t want that to happen.
UPDATE: Being a huge geek, I couldn’t resist hunting out Brady’s vote on the bill to rename National Airport, which is also a stop on Metro, which had to change all of its maps and signs to keep the Republicans happy. Which cost RealAmerican Taxpayers a lot.