Nearing Metro cuts, bus riders make new plea

On Sunday, Metro will be making big cuts to some bus routes.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - With cuts to Metro trains and buses on the horizon, riders are making an eleventh hour push to stop at least some of the changes.

“I’m very upset,” said Jay Wilson of Takoma. He takes the J5 bus to work in Rockville. Metro’s board approved eliminating the bus route starting next week.

Wilson has gathered more than 170 signatures against the cuts which he plans to present to WMATA leaders at its board meeting Thursday. Wilson also shot a selfie video of riders shouting “save the J5!”

WMATA says the line, which runs between the Silver Spring and Twinbook Metro stations, does not get enough riders to make money. Without it, Wilson says many riders will have to take the long way around the red line.

“The whole reason we're fighting for a purple line is we need more east-west service and the J5 provides that,” said Montgomery County District 5 Councilmember Tom Hucker. “That's exactly the service we need to preserve and not to cut.”

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