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Metro to Cut Back Weekend Maintenance

Metro plans to curtail its repair and testing projects for the next four weekends, giving riders a reprieve from recent service delays that have lasted up to 30 minutes.

In a press release on its website, Metro announced suspension of track work on March 22 to 23, March 29 to 30, April 5 to 6 and April 12 to 13.

The break in track work will coincide with the Cherry Blossom Festival, opening weekend of the Washington Nationals, the National Marathon and other mainstays of Washington's busy tourist season.

By Liz Heron  |  March 18, 2008; 1:49 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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Good! All Metro track maintenance should be done during non-operational hours! Were it a real transit system that wasn't mismanaged by idiots, then we'd have to talk about how to not interrupt 24/7 service. But that's obviously not an issue with the worst managed transit system in our Nation; ours!

Posted by: AnonPoster | March 18, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"Worst managed system in our nation"? What is that based on? Considering it is the second most heavily used Metro system in the U.S., I think it works pretty well, and it's a lot cleaner than most. I lived in NYC for five years and my local station was closed almost every weekend for the entire time for "track repairs"; Metro doesn't hold a candle to that.

Posted by: Michael | March 18, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

To AnonPoster - it's not current management, it's the fact that the system was built on the cheap to begin with. How many systems have been built, like Metro, without maintenance tunnels? No amount of management is going to cure the real reason the system is rubbish.

Posted by: MB | March 18, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The "managed by idiots" comment is way off-base 24-7 Service is impossible when we have only one line going in each direction -- they have to be serviced sometime!

I'd rather have these occasional weekend delays in exchange for longer nighttime hours we got, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays.

I only wish Metro had the same kind of dedicated funding source all other American rail transit systems have in place.

Posted by: Thesmothete | March 18, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The managers who decided to schedule maintenance on the Red Line over the last three weekends should be riding the train with everyone else. That way, they would experience the massive delays the thousands of locals and tourists have had to deal with.

And the managers who decided 4 car trains after 8:00 PM on week nights would be sufficient should be riding those trains as well. The massive influx of tourists, coupled with the longer waits for the next train essentially make those 4 car trains human sardine cannisters.

Posted by: Max | March 18, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yay! I understand that they have to do track maintenance sometime, but BOY has it been annoying. It'll be nice to get a little break. (And to leave the car at home!)

Posted by: h3 | March 18, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely agree that Metro decision-makers should be required to use the system. And not just every once in a while on a fun little field trip - every day, twice a day at least - to commute to and from work.

Posted by: PQ | March 18, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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