WASHINGTON - More Metro cuts could be headed our way. Metro leaders are considering a preferred proposal that would cut back service hours every single day of the week.
Under the proposed plan, Metro trains would run:
- Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Friday: 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Sunday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Metro said cuts are needed to allow for proper repairs and maintenance of the system. But many argue the reduction in service hours will have a large and disproportionate impact on low-income and minority riders.
D.C. leaders like Mayor Muriel Bowser have always opposed the cuts to late night service, especially on weekends.
But Metro Board chair Jack Evans recently said he may be able to support this proposal if it only lasted one year.
Metro conducted an online survey where they received 16,000 public comments and feedback of the four different proposed plans to change Metro's operating hours and the proposed option listed above received the most support.
However, several people we spoke with on Monday said alternate transportation is difficult to afford and the limited bus service is unreliable.
"I don't think it's fair for us who catch the train, especially with the fares we got pay - and then they are going to cut the train out? That's not right for us," said Metro rider Norman Davis.
"It's definitely an inconvenience for everybody, especially for people who want to do things on the weekends," said Tashika Pearson. "For stuff like that, you have to plan and rearrange things and that is what Metro is for."
If the proposal is approved, it could take effect next summer.