Even bigger cuts are coming to late-night Metro service

Metro wants to reduce train service in an effort to find more time for overnight track work.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Metro’s board voted to start public hearings.

The move makes it unlikely for hours to go back to normal before Metro’s massive safety makeover.

Metro is already stopping trains at midnight.

Paul Wiedefeld, Metro's general manager, wants deeper cuts and wants them to be permanent.

He says crews need an extra eight hours a week on the tracks.

There is currently four options are on the table.

"This is just to do what we should have been doing for decades to be frank and to have a program that sets it in place," said Wiedefeld. 

Metro’s board chair is floating a new option. Under his plan, trains would run until 3 a.m. on weekends.

But service would start later on Saturday and Sunday. Final approval isn't expected until December.


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