Metro Cuts Weekend Service
Commenter "Jay" on the previous blog entry has rightly reminded me that I should call your attention to the story in today's Post by Lena Sun about the service cutback Metro initiated last weekend: Riders this winter will see more four-car trains and fewer six-car trains.
Oddly, this was not something Metro chose to announce to riders. It just happened. Metro routinely announces bus detours for weekend events or plans to take an elevator out of service for repairs. But the only reason you know about the four-car trains is that Lena Sun went after the story.
Weekend Metrorail service has always been among the top complaints among my readers. Might as well drive, they say, if the service is going to be that poor. The problem for riders has been the maintenance and rail car testing program that forces trains to share one track for travel in both directions. This creates lengthy delays between trains and can add to the passenger load.
Wonder what riders will say when they get a load of these four-car trains during December weekends. I was about to write a column item encouraging holiday shoppers to use the trains on weekends and stay off the roads around the malls. Now I'm not so sure.
By the way, the Metro board plans to vote on a fare increase on Dec. 13.
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