Metro proposes changes to hours

The Metro Board will hear three different options that involve early closures.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Metro is proposing rail service changes for more track access to conduct necessary maintenance work and inspections.

Sharon Hunter has been riding Metro for more than 20 years and said she has had her share of ups and downs using the rail system.

“Sometimes it’s annoying because you leave out on time, but you don’t make it to work on time,” said Hunter, who described what it has been like in recent months with SafeTrack well underway.

Hunter works weekdays and every other weekend at Sibley Hospital. She rides two trains every morning and evening. She is a little nervous about the thought of more changes to the system.

According to a service proposal, Metro wants to adjust operating hours on weeknights and weekends for track repairs, replacements and inspections. 

The agency has proposed three scenarios for people to think about.

Scenario A: Continued midnight closures on weeknights and a 10 p.m. closure on Sundays.

Scenario B: Service ends at 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The rails would close at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Scenario C: The rails would close at 11:30p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. On Sunday, trains would run from 8a.m. until 11p.m., so an hour would be lost each day.

Public comment on the proposal starts October 1 and ends October 24.

A public hearing will be held the week of October 17. 


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