Late-night Metro: A life saver?
The Feb. 14 Metro story on the proposal to close Metrorail at midnight on weekends [“For some, Metro’s idea to curb late-night service is a buzzkill”] quoted a rider who, while waiting for the last train, jokingly asked, “Are we gonna die?” It also quoted a young woman whose friend was killed in a drunken-driving incident. She noted that many Metro riders are inebriated.
I think it’s great to take Metro on weekends and avoid any alcohol-related driving risks, and I could afford a taxi if Metro were closed early. But unlike me, there are many, especially young people, who cannot or will choose not to pay for a taxi home. If Metro closes at midnight, some of those kids may end up dead or injured if they drive home after too many drinks. Or they may kill or injure someone else.
I urge the Metro board, as it calculates what it will save by closing early, to include the costs, both medical and in human tragedy, that ending late-night service may entail.
Adam Wenner, Bethesda
| February 15, 2011; 2:40 PM ET
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