D.C. Metro to Consider Reduced Rail Service Hours After SafeTrack Concludes

What was thought to be a temporary end to late night weekend service could become a permanent reality on the tracks of Metrorail.
July 27, 2016, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Following rail expert and peer transit agency recommendations, Metro GM/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld plans to propose closing the Metrorail system at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights and continue midnight closures on all other nights beyond the conclusion of the one-year SafeTrack program," according to a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority press release dated July 26, 2016.

"Under the proposed schedule, the Metrorail system would be open 127 out of 168 hours in a week. Prior to SafeTrack, the system was open 135 hours per week," adds the release.

The SafeTrack maintenance program currently underway on the Metrorail system, after launching in June, ended late night service on weekends and prompted speculation about the new transit schedule's impact on entertainment and restaurant businesses located near Metro lines.

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Published on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
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