Metro to vote on late-night cuts in 2 weeks

Metro is closer than ever to slashing rail hours. The board just advanced a plan.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - There's a big fight over Metro cuts. The agency was closer to slashing rail hours on Thursday. 

Metro’s board advanced a plan, but there’s a new threat to stop it.

Months of debate got tenser on Thursday.  All Metro wants is a few extra hours to work overnight and D.C. officials are really against it.

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The plan to close Metro early could get derailed. The general manager says it’s a must for fixes. D.C.’s Metro board members are now closed off to the idea.

“There are members of the board from the district who do not think he needs these hours at all,” said city councilman Jack Evans. 

Evans represents D.C. on Metro’s board.

It’s now considering the following  plan:

Metro would close at 1 a.m. on weekends and 11:30 p.m. on weeknights.

It will be permanent for two years, but D.C. wants it to last one year.

D.C. board members have the leverage. They will block this plan with two no-votes. They say fewer hours will impact district businesses the most.

“We have to have the time out there to maintain the system and to prevent any of these incidents that we’ve seen in the past happening again," said Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. 

Metro’s full board will vote on this in two weeks. If it passes, it would go into effect in July.

It would also impact Sunday hours and trains would start running an hour later at 7 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.


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