Despite strong rhetoric and opposition from Maryland members, the Metro Board solidified significant changes to its operations Thursday, just days ahead of a deadline tied to a new Virginia funding law.
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.
Weekend and late-night parking at Metro stations is free now, but that could change as Metro looks for more ways to pull in cash.
Metro is looking to crackdown on fare evaders by expanding its Fair Share program to 20 more stations in Maryland, Virginia and the District.
Metro has no measure of whether the recent rebuilding work has improved rides when work zones wrap up, according to Metro leaders.
A divided Metro board left the transit agency’s leaders with little guidance about which drastic measures they would support to close a possible $275 million budget gap next year, but fare increases and service cuts remain on the table for consideration.
The full Metro board of directors is expected to officially hear Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s proposal to cut weekend service, and other issues.
A day of reckoning will have to come, the Metro Board chairman said Thursday, because even Metro leaders are not sure what was actually done during a multiyear multibillion-dollar track work program started after the deadly 2009 Red Line crash.
According to a Metro official, D.C.’s transit authority is now launching a peer review to compare things such as smoke and fire issues, and the power system against other transit agencies across the country.
Riders on all lines will be affected by single-tracking or station closures over the coming months to completely rebuild parts of the Metro system, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said on Friday. He has described this as a draft plan, open for feedback from the region.
In an exclusive interview with WTOP, Metro’s board chair says that regional officials will be able to give their input on a plan to make extensive repairs to Metrorail, but that the rehabilitation work can’t be put off any longer.
The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board discussed Metro’s ongoing safety problems during a meeting Tuesday.
A Metro board committee will take up suggestions for name changes for two D.C. stations on Thursday.
Metro staff will spell out the proposed 2017 spending plan for the board of directors Thursday. The budget plan would seek no increase in the $845 million in funding from local governments that subsidize the transit agency. Staffers will talk about proposed solutions to the subway’s reliability problems.
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