Heaven knows, it’s not all A’s, but overall, the score is good, maybe even excellent.
The acid test for all transportation projects in the Washington region is The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock. He’s tough but fair. If he praises you, you’ve earned it.
So what does he think of the Silver Line so far?
“The problems were smaller than I feared.”
Hey Jay, that’s not exactly praise.
True. But you have to understand Dr. Gridlock operates under the Lester Bangs Principle. Show no mercy.
Ok, he's not that bad, but you just have to know he rarely gives praise when it comes to those in charge of getting Washingtonians to work each morning. It’s a minefield out there, and he’s not working for the Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Gridlock continues:
“This new train thing is going to be big.”
Poor Dr. Gridlock, he’s like a young man in love, desperately trying to find a way to tell his girl how he really feels about her.
“For commuters, there’s new car-free access to job centers previously reachable only by braving some of America’s most soul-sapping drives. Kiss the Beltway goodbye.”
There you are Richard Sarles, General Manager of WMATA. Cut that one out, frame it, put it on your “I love me” wall. Dr. Gridlock just gave you your best compliment.
Now get back to work. You’ve got Phase Two of the Silver Line, grumblings from Red Line riders this weekend, and 50 heads of state arriving this week for a summit.
And Dr. Gridlock will be watching….