Daily Chart: Money For The Washington DC Metro

Washington DC's terrible Metro accident -- yikes, I used to ride the red line every day -- made we want to go look up information about the city's train system. So I went to the National Transit Database historical tables to see what I could find. Had there been big changes in services? A drop off in funding? Not really. Here are the total operating expenses of the Metro over the past ten years, in millions and billions of dollars:
 

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Of course, this needs to be adjusted for population growth, increased usage and expansion. So here's the growth in total services provided (in billions of miles traveled):


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 I combined the two to get the dollars spent per mile traveled. That's increased too:


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Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. More

Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism, an economics blog that was recently published in book form by Simon and Schuster. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. He is also on Twitter.

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