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.

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