Via Matt Yglesias I see that ridership on the DC Metro is the highest it’s ever been. This is despite the fact that Metro just instituted the biggest fare increase in history. DC is lucky. People who live in and around the city have a large, relatively efficient mass transit system that combine rail and bus service to allow people to offset the higher costs of gas and increased gridlock on secondary roads.
Meanwhile, Senator Tom Coburn is single handedly holding up more than $1.5 billion in Metro funding on the grounds that the federal government funding metro is akin to “steal[ing] opportunity from our children.” He is “happy to roadblock” the funding, despite the fact that nearly half the riders of the rush hour users fo the DC Metro are federal employees, which doesn’t even count federal contractors and other people who only work in DC thanks to the federal government.