Three Proposals to End Late Night Rail Service on D.C. Metro
According to an article by David Alpert, "[D.C.] Metro has released three specific scenarios to cut late night service, but it offers still few specifics on why it's necessary or what alternatives there can be."
Metro staff is currently seeking go-ahead to hold public hearings on the end of late-night service. Public response to an initial service reduction proposal, announced in July, led Metro staff to proposed two alternative scenarios, which Alpert describes.
The question that's burning Alpert, however, is whether these service cuts are necessary for the track work needed around the system. One alternative not currently under consideration, but proposed rhetorically, at least, by Alpert, is to shut down the one line at a time. He posed that question to D.C. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, who responded that closing down one line at a time would be too confusing for riders.