Instead of boosting bus lanes and other improvements all across the region, several people involved in the analysis for Metro’s Bus Transformation Project are concerned Metro may simply use it as cover to significantly cut Metrobus service in many areas.
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.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld got a nearly 10 percent raise Thursday, as the Metro Board said it must scrounge for money from local taxpayers to cover smaller cost-of-living raises for workers.
General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s contract will now run until November 2021, and he will get a pay increase.
Overall, Metro’s fiscal year 2018 performance report covering July 2017 through the end of June 2018 lists 82 smoke or fire incidents compared to 98 in the same period a year earlier.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said preparations for the storm started a few days ago, just in case the storm ended up hitting the District.
In a letter last week, the FTA told Metro that the November 2019 deadline was unacceptable, and that the changes to avoid a “substantial risk of death or personal injury” to visually impaired riders were needed immediately.
Music at Gallery Place, Judiciary Square and Columbia Heights is part of an effort by General Manager Paul Wiedefeld to boost rider comfort in — and perceptions of — the system.
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 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.
Metro workers have been much more productive over the past year than in the recent past, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said, according to an internal report due to be released next week.
Seventy-six percent of riders surveyed on the rail system were satisfied with their trips in January, February and March — up from 69 percent at the same time last year.
Metro hopes a new cellphone-based ticketing option set to launch next year will be the latest step to make the transit agency more like an airline. Metro officials provided new details of the project.
The District is set to officially promise Friday morning to provide dedicated tax dollars to Metro, in one of the final steps required to seal a landmark regional funding deal.
Overall statistics for the most serious crimes on the rail and bus system, officials said, are down to the lowest level in at least a decade.