Copying right from Metro's website, here is a list of their needs:
• Purchase buses, paratransit vehicles, maintenance vehicles and components for rail cars;
• Replace, repair and expand maintenance facilities such as bus garages and rail car storage facilities;
• Repair and improve passenger facilities such as station platforms, escalator canopies, stairs, elevator access and credit card readers;
• Expand security systems and purchase additional emergency tunnel evacuation carts;
• Procure maintenance and repair equipment for Metrorail track and rail cars;
• Replace deteriorating operating equipment like fare collection equipment and signage; and
• Procure hardware and software to improve maintenance efficiencies, monitor network traffic and protect WMATA systems for disaster recovery.
Michael over at Infosnack did a much better rundown - with costs per each section. You can check them out at his site, here.
Do you have any thoughts on this ... what do you think is a priority?
* Personally I think the purchase of buses and rail parts is of very high priority (does Metro really need new maintenance trucks?).
* We definitely need to repair and expand maintenance and storage depots - especially the bus ones, many of which are outdated and falling apart.
* I would definitely like to see passenger facilities improved.
* I would also like to see the installation of more SmarTrip fare machines (why only two per station) and actual SmarTrip vending machines at downtown stations.
* Tunnel evacuation carts? ... are you kidding me.
* Security systems ... that sounds okay
* Repair equipment for Metrorail track/cars -- all good
* Fare Collection Equipment - doesn't look that bad to me, but I'll take their word for it.
* IT stuff - probably necessary