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Remember time change if taking Metro

If you're out late Saturday night, remember how Metrorail handles the start of Daylight Saving Time, when 2 a.m. Sunday becomes 3 a.m. Sunday.

Metrorail moves all its clocks forward to 3 a.m. and shuts down, since that hour marks the weekend closing time. Night owls who forget to move their own clocks forward could be left without a ride.

-- Robert Thomson

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , transit  
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Comments

If Metro is losing so much money that it can't keep up regular rush hour service, why is it even open at 2am?

Posted by: member5 | March 12, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Rush hour service should be the priority. Everything should revolve around making that smooth, easy, headache-free & reliable.

If you insist on having late hours then make the riders pay a nice premium. It's still going to beat paying for a cab ride by a long shot. But if you're still losing money after charging a higher fare for after midnight service then drop it.

Priorities!

You can't be everything for everyone. Not until you get your money house in order on a permanent basis & clean up the myriad of problems/issues that you have.

Posted by: uncivil | March 12, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I have lived in HI for the last seven years and let me tell you not having to switch our clocks backwards and forwards twice a year is great. We all wonder why 48 of you states do it? Arizona has caught on, what is wrong with the rest of you? The time change twice a year makes no sense anymore, and always results in lost revenue for businesses or confusion. Just end it already.

Posted by: Grant_x | March 12, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

No!!!! If we kept clocks on standard (winter) time, we'd lose an hour of daylight in the summer months.

Clearly, 48 states see good reason to do this. Heck, Indiana went from only partial observance to complete observance within the last 5 years or so. Other countries do it as well.

Posted by: thetan | March 12, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Hawaii is located in the tropics and there is generally no benefit there to changing the clocks because the length of the day doesn't vary enough to make it worthwhile. The theory behind changing the clocks in more temperate climates is that it is supposed to reduce energy consumption during the evening hours when people are up and about anyway. While this means that it's darker in the morning, the idea is that the time when it's still dark is when most people are still asleep anyway.

At more extreme northern or southern latitudes it's also questionable whether DST realizes any benefits because during the summer the sun doesn't really set (or sets for a minimal amount of time). For example, when I was in Anchorage in August 2005 "sunset" was at around 10:40 PM, but the sky didn't really get dark afterwards. Alaska nevertheless observes DST (with some controversy) because the prevailing opinion is that they'd rather maintain the same time differentials with respect to the 48 contiguous states (unlike what Hawaii does).

Posted by: 1995hoo | March 13, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Metrorail riders do pay a premium for late night service. From 2am to closing on Friday and Saturday night rush hour fares are in effect, but there is no change in service frequency.

Posted by: dhlunar | March 14, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Unless Metro is making a profit on nighttime service, it should stop it altogether. Rush hour fares for an hour are still going to lose money for the system.

Ending late night service would also save money on maintenance as trains would not be as worn out and vomit-coated.

Posted by: corrections | March 15, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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