WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It’s the first of its kind.
WUSA9's “Mission Metro: Town Hall” just wrapped in our studio in D.C.
Metro’s new boss Paul Wiedefeld, leading a year-long safety makeover, took questions straight from a live studio audience and Twitter users.
Following a fire in the Gallery Place Metro station on Monday, safety was the first topic at Thursday’s town hall. Featured guests included politicians, Metro officials, riders and transportation experts with the goal of finding solutions for commuters.
Much of the debate focused on funding Metro as Wiedefeld is jamming three years of track work into one. Metro Board Chair Jack Evans says it could bankrupt the agency.
“We have a problem folks and if we don’t fix it I don’t know where Metro will be a year from now,” said Evans.
WMATA employee retirements have Metro facing billions in debt. Evans wants more money from the federal government.
Anchor Adam Longo asked our live studio audience if they would support a one-percent sales tax and a majority said they would.
“Everybody can sit here and say why it can’t happen,” said Evans. “What I need is for people to tell me how to get it done.”
This is part of WUSA9’s Mission: Metro, a new partnership that is focused on finding solutions to the problems facing Metro, and helping restore the system to its former status as one of America’s best public transportation systems.
The District's mass transit system includes bus and paratransit services, but is fueled largely by Metrorail, which serves about 700,000 customers a day through 91 stations across a 117-mile network.
Metro is critically important in our nation’s capital and the widely known safety and maintenance issues requiring repair has prompted WUSA9 to launch the long term initiative.
You can remain part of the conversation by using the hashtag #WUSA9onMetro.