Metro holds rare public hearing to discuss service hours

- Metro held a board meeting on Thursday to discuss possibly cutting rail service hours to give maintenance more time to do repairs and track work.

Many who testified were completely against the cuts saying they need metro to get to and from their jobs and they say they simply can't afford a car or a ride sharing service.

“We live above our shop, and I came down one morning early in the morning in the wee hours and discovered one of our employees sleeping in a chair in our restaurant,” said Arianne Bennett, owner Amsterdam Falafel Shop.

D.C. leaders including Mayor Bowser are also against the proposed cuts. Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld says workers need more time, but many say if service can be around the clock in other places – why can't that happen here.

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