Metro’s initial 13 months of 24/7 track work had some major accomplishments, but a final federal oversight report finds some pieces of the program that Metro called “SafeTrack” left a lot to be desired.
Metro riders should expect delays on the Blue and Yellow lines in addition to repairs affecting Red Line service. Metro’s new Sunday service schedule also begins this weekend,
The final surge of Metro’s initial 13-month-long round-the-clock work plan closes the Shady Grove and Rockville stations from Saturday through the end of June 25.
Metro is entering the homestretch of its track rebuilding program called SafeTrack. The last major blitz of repairs and maintenance is now under way in Northern Virginia, with three more rounds to go in D.C. and Maryland.
In a letter obtained by WTOP, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 President Jackie Jeter accused Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld of “abusive tactics” against workers.
Although the details have yet to be ironed out, Metro’s Board of Directors is likely to adopt a mix of fare increases and service cuts in an effort to close a budget hole and shrink an expected larger deficit that will hit the transit agency next year.
The Metro station that serves Arlington National Cemetery will be closed Feb. 11 through Feb. 28, due to Metro’s latest round of system wide safety fixes.
The public has a chance to comment on Metro’s plans to slash service and raise fares — measures that could take effect in July once the budget is approved.
A recent batch of reports by Federal Transit Administration inspectors found that Metro employees struggle to use the existing radio system, which has contributed to train delays and has led to trains speeding into work zones unaware of the track crews ahead.
Broken down railcars are to blame for most of Metro’s unplanned delays, a sign the transit agency’s fleet’s performance is “poor and inconsistent,” Metro’s Chief Operating Officer said.
Metro announced on Thursday that after taking a January hiatus its 24/7 work zones will resume Feb. 11. Metro also has added to and extended the round-the-clock track work.
The D.C. region’s beleaguered Metro system, which has long been a poster child for neglected infrastructure projects, is attempting to dig itself out of a 40-year hole of overlooked maintenance and safety issues. The transit agency is pledging to return to “good” next year, but others are worried about sending the system into a death spiral.
SafeTrack. Holiday shopping. An earlier sunset. All are contributing to a rise in demand for the 495 and 95 express lanes and tolls are soaring as a result.
Metro Board members have raised concerns that the planned cuts to service on the subway could bring on a civil rights lawsuit.
Metro Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader announced on Tuesday that track-work surges scheduled for January will be suspended due to the likelihood of winter weather.
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