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POLL: Do You Support Late-Night Metro Cuts?

by Andrew Ramonas — October 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm 3 Comments

Dupont Circle MetroOpponents of plans to permanently cut Metro’s evening operating hours for train service won’t let the change happen without a fight this week.

Locals, including members of the D.C. business community, are encouraging supporters of late-night weekend trains to contact the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which is holding a hearing and open house on its proposals at its headquarters Thursday.

The open house is scheduled for noon to 9 p.m. at 600 5th St. NW, while the hearing set for 12:30 to 10 p.m.

WMATA is considering four plans to adjust its operating hours in an effort to better maintain Metro’s infrastructure. According to the transit authority, the plans include:

Proposal #1
Mon-Thu: 5:00 a.m. – midnight
Fri: 5:00 a.m. – midnight
Sat: 7:00 a.m. – midnight
Sun: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Proposal #2
Mon-Thu: 5:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Fri: 5:00 a.m. – midnight
Sat: 7:00 a.m. – midnight
Sun: 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Proposal #3
Mon-Thu: 5:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sat: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sun: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Proposal #4
Mon-Thu: 5:00 a.m. – midnight
Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Sun: Noon – 11:00 p.m.

Before SafeTrack repairs in June brought midnight closures every day, trains ran until 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The DowntownDC and Adams Morgan Partnership business improvement districts are encouraging local businesses to speak out against late-night service cuts to WMATA officials online and in person. Critics of the transit authority’s proposals also are planning to hold a protest outside its headquarters from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“The AMPBID is very concerned about how the plan will negatively impact Adams Morgan businesses, both for their employees and for their customers,” the Adams Morgan BID said in a newsletter with a link to a survey last week. “We are planning on testifying in opposition to the proposal and want to get as much feedback from the community as possible to help make the case against making the reduced hours permanent.”

So, do you support any of WMATA’s proposals? You can weigh in through the poll and in the comments.

Comments (3)

  1. Are statistics available regarding cost of keeping system open late night? Has research been done on cost per person to keep the system open? Are statistics available regarding crimes perpetrated during these late night hours?
    #4 – opening at noon on Sunday would be totally unacceptable. Individuals who maintain “normal” hours should have Sunday morning access for church, museums, etc.
    And finally, while we are a first class city, Mr Evans should realize that we are not on par population-wise with NYC or London. Perhaps a comparison with Boston, home of the country’s oldest subway system, should be made. There they made two different attempts to extend late night service, only to find cost prohibitive and required daily maintenance could not be done.

  2. The Metro’s value diminishes greatly when it’s not open until 2 AM every night and 3 AM on Friday and Saturday. It’s important to wait staff and other workers who rely on it to get to and from work, it’s important to the businesses that employ those people and to the various city and county governments who need vibrant businesses and employed residents to pay the taxes. It’s important to theaters and clubs and concert venues and athletic teams and tourists.

    It’s also important that the time between trains be reduced so that no one ever has to wait more than about 10 minutes to catch a Metro train. When you can provide the hours of operation that are required and the frequency that are required, you’ll see ridership explode! Provided, that is, that you can greatly reduce the outages and scary accidents/smoke in the train situations.

    London does it. France does it. Madrid does it. New York does it. It’s time DC Metro did it!

  3. ChrisinEckington

    I do not support any cuts. Make the jurisdictions pay more and perform the work at night, even if that means paying workers more to do the maintenacne.

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