By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Some of Metro's rail cars are 30 years old and a handful of its train stations stood through the disco era. But many of the people making the tough calls on spending and service cuts this year have been with the agency about as long as it takes to get from Shady Grove to Glenmont in rush hour.
Action on a series of proposed cuts to Metro's budget was postponed Thursday when a newly appointed member of Maryland's delegation to the board said it needed more time to study the plan.
Kathy Porter, a Maryland board representative, said that regardless of its internal targets, Metro has to provide reliable service to customers who depend on buses.
"Three of the four members have only been official since last Friday," she said.