The problems faced by the D.C. area Metro could be solved by using a system that has been successful in major cities around the world.
"Perhaps the most promising solution to Metro's cost overruns is "competitive tendering," a system by which private companies compete for the right to provide service at lower subsidies...Some of the world's largest transit systems have converted to competitive tendering. It started with London's famous red bus system...Significant savings also have been achieved in the United States through competitive tendering in San Diego, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas."
Thanks to Wendell Cox
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