A friend of mine from my days at the National Taxpayers Union wrote an excellent piece for the Washington Times about a transit system that works (Hong Kong) and a transit system that is showing ever-increasing signs of failure (Washington, DC). You can find the article here.
While Albuquerque seems unlikely to go down the trolley/streetcar path for at least the next four years while RJ Berry is Mayor, the fact is that privatizing operations can result in significant service improvements and cost savings, even in bus systems like Albuquerque’s. Should New Mexicans care about the DC Metro? Sure, after all, federal taxpayers pay a significant portion of the cost for construction and operations.