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Press coverage of the Metro crash has evolved from blaming Metro officials for the crash to blaming local, state and national leaders for chronically underfunding the Metro system.

Robert McCartney harangues elected officials for saying Metro needed more money, but not having pushed harder for more money. He also points out that Barack Obama’s budget left out the promised $150 million in federal matching funds.

This morning, Metro announced its intention to move the 1000-series cars to the centers of trains (where possible). Many of you suggested this same measure. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer plans to ask for $3 billion in federal assistance to replace the 1000 Series rail cars.

Many immigrant-hating nutcases have been calling the family of crash victim Ana Fernandez, claiming that the family is exploiting the tragedy to get legal status. In fact, Fernandez was a legal immigrant, and her six children were born in the U.S. DCist shares our outrage.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.