More Cuts Threatened By Metro
WMATA’s proposed budget threatens to close up to 22 MetroRail stations, including Clarendon, Virginia Square, Arlington Cemetery and East Falls Church. Metro also proposes to cut train schedules to just 2 trains per hour all day long and shut down daily at 9PM. Bus service would be halved with many lines consolidated or eliminated. The 38B, which runs through Clarendon, would be eliminated. Metro Proposal
VA & MD Senators Offer WMATA $350M With Strings Attached
The Metro Safety, Accountability and Investment Act of 2021 introduced by US Senators Warner, Kaine, Cardin and Van Hollen would reauthorize for the next 10 years $150 million per year of Federal funds and $50 million in matching funds each from VA, MD, & DC.
The bill would also authorize an additional $50 million per year contingent on a series of safety, oversight, and governance reforms.
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Blue Line Closing For 3 Months
Metro is rebuilding platforms at Addison Road and Arlington Cemetery so is closing the entire Blue Line from Feb 13 to May 23. WMATA
Metro Clamps Down for Inauguration
Metro will close 13 stations: 11 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Stations will remain closed until Friday morning. Trains will pass through the closed stations without stopping. Beginning Friday and continuing for 6 days trains will operate on a Saturday schedule: every 15 minutes, except every 12 minutes on the Red Line.
On Jan 16 (Sat) Metro Center & Gallery Place will also close.
Buses on 26 routes will detour around the security perimeter from Fri to Thur. Buses will operate normal service on weekdays and weekends, except on Jan 20 buses will operate on a Saturday schedule. News Release
Clarendon & Va Square Metro Stations May Close
Due to a projected $500 million shortfall in its $1,945 million budget, Metro is proposing to close 19 MetroRail stations, eliminate all weekend rail service, run only 2 MetroRail trains per hour on each line during rush hour, shut MetroRail at 9PM, and eliminate half of its MetroBus routes. The 38B bus line, the only bus route WMATA operates in LV, is among those proposed for elimination. WMATA employees would be reduced by 3,800. These cutbacks would begin July 1, 2020. Some citizens are wondering if it is worth $1,445 million per year to fund the meager service that would remain. Some are troubled by the economic impact on the region of diminished transit.
Story at WaPo
WMATA 2022 Proposed Budget
WMATA 2020 Financial Report
Masks Now Required on Metro
Face coverings or masks are now required when traveling on Metro. This applies to all Metro stations, trains, buses, and MetroAccess vehicles.
WMATA News Release
Arlington Loses Seat on WMATA Board
For the first time in recent memory, Arlington will not have a representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board of directors. WMATA operates the MetroRail and MetroBus systems.
Story at Sun Gazette