New anger over Metro's threats to cut late-night service

Riders beg Metro to save late-night service

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - There was new anger Thursday night over Metro's threats to slash late-night service.

Riders told Metro’s board “no” to permanent cuts.

It was a marathon. A nine-and a half hour hearing with a lot of passionate pleas to block Metro’s plans.

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Aliyah Nelson works late as a hotel cook in Arlington, Va. 

"Some of us have decided to sleep over at our jobs because we can’t afford an Uber every night we stay late," said Cook. 

Metro’s general manager wants to permanently close an extra eight hours a week. He says his crews need more time for fixes overnight.

“I want more service. That’s where we want to be. But I also have to be the person with the professional judgment," said Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. 

Four options are on the table. The decision will lie with Metro’s board. This is the first and only time it’s hearing testimony.

Riders in wheelchairs really want to be heard. Rickey Powell takes the Green Line to therapy every day.
Any cutbacks would leave him with no fallback.

Metro’s board must decide by the end of the year.

Metro is still taking comment on its website. Three hundred riders have sent in testimony. More than 10,000 have taken an online survey.

On Wednesday, D.C. Mayor Bowser asked Metro to reconsider late-night service cuts. She says Metro needs to better make its case.


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