COVID-19 pandemic forces Metro to consider massive cuts

D.C.’s Metro system is looking at a number of major cuts after the COVID-19 pandemic decimated its ridership over the course of the past year.

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According to WMATA, ridership is down 90 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels.

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The cuts they’re discussing would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and would include service times, as well as nearly two dozen stations.

Trains would run every 30 minutes – or every 15 minutes on the Red Line. In addition, service would end at 9 p.m., rather than midnight.

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The Reston Town Center Metro station – which hasn’t even opened yet – is one of 22 stations Metro is considering closing altogether.

Metro bus service – which is seeing ridership at 60 percent of its pre-pandemic levels – would see similar cuts.

Click here to see more of the proposed cuts.