Music in Metro stations is expected to return, despite recent silence at Columbia Heights and Gallery Place, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said.
Despite strong rhetoric and opposition from Maryland members, the Metro Board solidified significant changes to its operations Thursday, just days ahead of a deadline tied to a new Virginia funding law.
Metro may soon consider a plan to put its money where its mouth is when it guarantees to get you to work on time.
Metro is getting better, but has much more room for improvement, the transit system’s leaders said as they looked back on 2017 and forward to the new year.
A recent online survey gauged how registered voters in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia feel about the struggling public transit system.
Metro could have to institute more cuts to address a potential budget shortfall largely tied to significantly declining ridership.
A group of Maryland state lawmakers are asking the state’s transportation secretary, Pete Rahn, if Metro fare increases and service cuts can be prevented.
D.C., Maryland and Virginia Metro Board members offered a series of competing options on Metrobus route cuts and additional fare hikes on Thursday.
“Until we change the culture here, [we’re] going to keep having the same issues that [we’re] having,” said union leader Raymond Jackson.
The communication issues that can cause Metro trains to stop for extended periods of time can be frustrating, Paul Wiedefeld said, but exiting trains outside stations because of that frustration is never a good idea.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld applied his “Alice rule”: If his daughter shouldn’t ride the trains, nobody else would, either.
The full Metro board of directors is expected to officially hear Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s proposal to cut weekend service, and other issues.
A day of reckoning will have to come, the Metro Board chairman said Thursday, because even Metro leaders are not sure what was actually done during a multiyear multibillion-dollar track work program started after the deadly 2009 Red Line crash.
Riders on all lines will be affected by single-tracking or station closures over the coming months to completely rebuild parts of the Metro system, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said on Friday. He has described this as a draft plan, open for feedback from the region.
In a system in need of large-scale work, Metro is set to get one repair completed ahead of schedule, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said.
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