My hometown system…
[UPDATE: A few points I should have made yesterday:
- It’s interesting to consider that DC decided to move forward on this system at about the same time Seattle rejected starting theirs. The difference, I think, is an institutional setup where elected leaders make decisions, rather than one where they have to go to the ballot for (super-)majorities for nearly every budgetary decision.
- DC has a similarly balkanized system: spanning two states and one-quasi state, WMATA runs the subway and some regional buses; then you have at least five county agencies running buses, and two different states running their own commuter trains.
- Seattle Times editors: please count the newspapers in the video.]