Metro continues to find problems with cables and other electrical equipment through its preventive maintenance programs that began in 2017 that make it unlikely it will agree to extend its operating hours in spite of pressure from the Metro Board.
The price of such a change, the commission said, would be Metro’s safety and reliability. But the District believes the cuts to evening and weekend service have created significant hardships for riders and businesses, even if there might have been some maintenance improvements.
The D.C. Council voted 10-2 to decriminalize failing to pay the fare on Metrorail or buses and lowered the fine to $50 Tuesday night. Metro opposed the change.
Board member Michael Goldman suggested a fare increase of 3 to 4 percent be considered; the board’s chairman swiftly promised to block any such plan.
Several Metro Board members questioned the wisdom of adding any of the extra trains or buses for which riders have been asking. “But we have a bigger mission than that,” said the agency’s general manager.
D.C. Councilman Jack Evans, a Democrat who represents Ward 2, said that he is “very confident” that he has the seven votes necessary to get the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act to advance.
D.C. Council member Jack Evans believes “this exciting new stream of revenue” should go to the District instead of some other jurisdiction. Wagering would be as simple as opening an app or walking into a D.C. hotel, bar or sports venue.
Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans said he stands by the way the transit agency handled a white nationalist rally earlier this month, which included Metro escorting the white nationalist group to an effectively private car.
D.C. Council member Jack Evans has introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban plastic straws and plastic stirrers in the city.
The board is scheduled to be briefed next month on an analysis of whether adding service on the Red Line at rush hour to and from stations between Shady Grove and Grosvenor-Strathmore is even feasible.
Metro’s Board chairman is asking if there are any companies that are willing to put up a $100,000 deposit for extended Metro service for the Caps’ home games during the Stanley Cup Final.
A potential deal with the nation of Qatar — which would give the transit agency $100,000 to keep service running an hour later after Thursday’s Game 4 — is now in doubt.
The D.C. Council approved a $14.4 billion 2019 budget, which has built-in tax increases to cover the District’s $178.5 million annual commitment to fund Metro.
Metro inspections crews skipped over some areas of the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro station and appeared to copy and paste parts of their reports from previous years in the months before a steel beam and concrete chunks fell from the station’s ceiling in the summer of 2016, according to a new Metro inspector general report.
It’s a practice done in other cities with winning teams, apparently, so ticketless fans can cheer on the home team together. “I guess we’re just not used to that here because we never got this far before,” said a D.C. Council member.
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