Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, told WTOP on Monday that Metro needs to fix not only rails and trains but an entire culture.
“It’s not going to be a perfect situation here, but at least we’re going to do our best to try to ease the congestion as much as possible,” DDOT’s deputy director says.
Beginning June 3, the rail system will close at midnight every night to accommodate the work. But riders seem to agree the safety work is needed to rehabilitate the system.
Meeting at Metro Headquarters, the teens took part in workshops and panel discussions with Metro officials and Metro Transit police.
Nearly all of the work on Metro will lead to significant service cuts along entire lines — whether or not a station is slated for major repairs.
More than one-third of the managers fired work on “the rail side of the house.”
Metro announced plans for huge shutdowns and single-tracking to make the system safer, but other transit options may be in short supply.
“Desperate times require desperate measures.” Metro riders will have to seek out other options as round-the-clock construction gets underway next month.
Mixed-used development will soon rise along planned Silver Line routes near Dulles International Airport.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said that low-income riders underscored the need to rebuild Metro’s infrastructure.
“WMATA is very good at telling you what happened. You need to work on the why,” Metro’s new safety chief says.
Metro’s former board chairman hopes the rail system will really turn around this time after a series of issues have plagued it.
A series of Metro reports — to be presented Thursday — will outline more dismal news for the transit agency.
As D.C.’s problem-plagued Metro system continues its work to address serious safety concerns along the rail lines, it appears the delays and shutdowns may be wearing thin on riders.
Metro’s Blue and Orange lines are no longer single tracking and service has resumed on the Silver Line after an earlier train malfunction outside Stadium-Armory.