Metro is still considering whether it will need to cut service due to the government shutdown. The transit agency believes it is losing $400,000 each weekday due to the shutdown, largely due to decreased ridership by furloughed workers and contractors.
The four U.S. senators who represent Maryland and Virginia are raising concerns that spies could potentially infiltrate Metro if the transit agency decides to buy rail cars from China.
If the transit board does not vote, the system’s operating hours could revert to the old hours of 3 a.m. closings Friday and Saturday, midnight closings weeknights, and 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. service Sunday.
Metro is considering changes to weekend work zones that lead to regular single-tracking disruptions, but that doesn’t mean weekend track work will end.
Some commuters could see significantly more Metro service next year, but that will only happen if regional governments pay more.
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.
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