Metro to cut hours every day of the week

WASHINGTON — Metro trains will run fewer hours each day under a new service schedule that the transit agency’s board approved on Thursday.

The board agreed to the service cuts under a compromise designed to prevent D.C. board members from vetoing the reductions. There was little debate over the changes before the final vote.

Under the new schedule, Metrorail will close at 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and at 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Trains will run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. The new schedule begins in July.

As part of the compromise with D.C. members, the service hour reductions will expire in two years. And a report will be due to the board in 2018 providing an update on Metro’s maintenance progress.

General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has said that more maintenance and track inspections could be completed if trains ran fewer hours each week.

Trains will continue to run until midnight through June.

WTOP’s Amanda Iacone contributed to this report.

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