The Metro Board is expected to formally support keeping cuts in hours through June 2019 at its Thursday meeting after they were implemented last year.
Metro’s round-the-clock track work zones focused on replacing crumbling wooden rail ties is expected to end in two months. But Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said that will not be the end of delays for riders due to major repairs.
Fans will pack the Verizon Center for both Wizards and Capitals playoff games this holiday weekend, and D.C. will welcome the Phillies to Nationals Park. (Metro begins a new Safety Surge as well.)
Overall, ridership levels are down 12 percent from this time last year, according to numbers from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. A number of factors are at work, but Metro’s track work is a major one.
With a new surge of round-the-clock Metro track work starting Monday, the next three weeks could lead to more traffic on major roadways unless many commuters find other ways around.
Metro riders in Prince George’s County facing significant impacts from the new round-the-clock work zone that starts Monday have limited backup options compared to other riders in the region.
“Until we change the culture here, [we’re] going to keep having the same issues that [we’re] having,” said union leader Raymond Jackson.
“We’re tired of being overlooked especially when it comes to our knowledge of the system,” one 28-year worker is set to say in front of the Metro board of directors Thursday.
Closing Metro at midnight, when many people are still trying to get home, “really is a setback. We’ve got service workers who need that lifeline home,” D.C.’s director of transportation told WTOP.
Fewer people are taking trains and buses across Northern Virginia, potentially contributing to more traffic on area roads. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission will hear about total transit ridership in the area Thursday night, and is also looking to identify opportunities to improve or offer new bus options.
Here are four things to know about Metro’s round-the-clock track work for Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
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This week on Metro brings the first midweek change in 24/7 track work zones, so riders need to pay close attention to how the shifting shutdowns could affect their commutes or trips to and from the airport.
Metro estimates that shutdown will directly have a major impact on 86,000 regular weekday trips, in addition to the impact on riders who must wait longer for trains or crowd in tighter along the Yellow Line through D.C.
While overall Metrorail ridership is flat, there are significant changes this week at the stations most severely impacted by the first round of rush-hour track work.
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