Katie at A Constrained Vision writes about a proposed sales tax increase to fund DC's Metro system. She says Metro should fund itself, instead, by selling corporate sponsorships.
While the idea of a free ride (literally!) sounds nice, I kind of prefer the sound of the Red Line and Blue Line over crass commercial names like the Microsoft Line and Sony Line. Besides, with revenue shortfalls of $304 million per year, there's no way Metro could sell enough advertising. This is Metro, not the Super Bowl.
On the other hand, raising regional sales taxes by 1 percent is not fair to people who don't ever ride Metro.
I guess they should just fix the budget shortfall with higher fares, so the people benefiting from the service actually pay for it. Even though I'd personally benefit from the sales tax because suburbanites would be subsidizing my commute.