Taking time to vet new equipment can pay off
It has to be frustrating for MARC riders to realize there are 26 new locomotives in the pipeline -- held up by the Maryland Transit Administration's demands for more extensive testing -- at a time when old locomotives are breaking down and causing long delays for riders.
The following link may provide a clue to why the MTA is being so persnickety:
The manufacturer is not the same as the one that made the locomotives for MARC, but the principle is the same.
It's just a shame that the MTA didn't explain the reasons for delay up front instead of having to have the information dragged out of it. At some levels of the organization, there seems to be an institutional impulse to conceal rather than reveal. Often, its managers leave the MTA's public affairs people out of the loop when there's bad news. Then they're surprised when the agency gets hammered in the media.
So even when MTA does the right thing, it does it the wrong way.