"Things like routers and train control systems aren't as sexy as new rail cars," Johnson said, "but you can't run trains without those systems."
You know what else you can't run trains without? Paying customers! Those BART seats in many of the cars are so gross looking and sagging that I refuse to sit down on many of them. If anyone wants a tip, generally the last car on the Pittsburgh Bay Point train is refurbished with rubber floors and new seats. Amazing what that can do to make me feel better about sitting down where a million people have been.
Also, if new rail cars are so sexy, how come we didn't want sexy time faster than 40 years of the system? And as Ben at Second Avenue Sagas says, make em plastic. I'm not saying don't fix the bugs in the system. Being on time also keeps customers. But don't pit one improvement over another. You need both. Get it done already.