The Great Train Wreck
by Kirk Nielsen
Seven years later, the county has spent about $1 billion of PTP sales tax money, virtually none of it directly on Metrorail expansion. About $70 million was used to pay interest on bonds that are to help fund new rail lines. Most of the rest went to operate and maintain the single Metrorail line, buy new buses, and slightly expand bus service, according to a memo county manager George Burgess sent to commissioners in May. Some of it also disappeared into roadways. Read on.