Metro’s “SafeTrack plan includes 15 “safety surges” over the next year”

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From WMATA:

“Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today released SafeTrack, an expanded track work plan to improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability.

Wiedefeld’s SafeTrack plan includes 15 “safety surges” over the next year that will accelerate maintenance on Metro’s rail system from the ballast up. By closing the system at midnight on weekends and expanding weekday maintenance opportunities, the plan addresses FTA and NTSB safety recommendations and deferred maintenance backlogs while restoring track infrastructure to good health.

SafeTrack accomplishes in one year, work that otherwise would take about three years to complete.

Fifteen “safety surges” are planned that will allow track crews to exponentially increase productivity and achieve safety results for customers faster. These long-duration track outages use either around-the-clock single tracking or line-segment shutdowns that will impact rush hour commutes. Metrorail riders will be encouraged to consider using alternate travel options while safety surge work is in effect on their line.

In addition, Wiedefeld announced a moratorium on early openings and late closings.  Closure of the Metrorail system at midnight seven days a week will begin Friday, June 3.

“This plan is going to take some sacrifice from all of us,” Wiedefeld said. “But it is clear that the current approach is not working, more aggressive action is necessary.”

Following the review and consideration of traffic mitigation and alternate travel options by the Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, regional law enforcement, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration (GSA), a final version of SafeTrack will be released for riders on May 16.

“Metro’s safety culture change depends on support from the entire region,” said Wiedefeld. “We have to begin by understanding that safety trumps inconvenience.”

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  • I want this to work. Now that we’re in our sixth year of single-tracking on weekends for maintenance just leading to worse service, I don’t have a ton of faith it will be done properly. Fingers crossed they prove me wrong, though.

  • Expected much worse, really thought they were going to shutdown stations within DC but…this doesn’t seem too bad.

    • Hit send too soon, if anything, this is going to affect people who don’t really use metro other than coming in and out and don’t know the nuances of bouncing between stations. I could definitely see people trying to figure out how to get from Glenmont if they’re at Union Station…3 different rides just to get home sucks tho.

      • ? It’s going to impact every commuter, even people who start and end their commutes in DC. Single-tracking on a line has ramifications down the whole stretch. It’s gonna be a real bad time for anyone who doesn’t walk or bike to work.

        • My point is it doesn’t cripple the system. The Post makes it seem like its armageddon. Single tracking from Franconia to Van Dorn, that’s one stop. I think people can handle that. Single tracking from Franconia to say…IDK, Farragut West, yeah that’s a big deal but that’s not happening here.

          • Last night we had to skip two stops and it was insanity. Of course, people didn’t have time to prepare, but at least we could easily walk from L’Enfant to Eastern Market, and there were other buses like the 30s to absorb some of the overflow. People in the suburbs don’t have those alternatives usually.

          • Well… its not Armageddon, but there are going to be some sections of line that are completely closed–such as between Noma and Ft. Totten for 23 days in October-November. That’s a pretty big deal.

      • Your comment is exactly why a few weeks ago they released the teaser about how they may shut down entire lines. This way, when they don’t shut down entire lines, it “doesn’t seem too bad.” This is the same practice they follow when they want to reduce bus service on a line… study the possibility of shutting down the bus line, and then when they just reduce service/stops, it doesn’t seem so bad. All spin.

        • Anchoring!

        • I take a lot of stuff that is being reported as a grain of salt. It was coming off the heels of the Metro shutdown for the day, so everyone was already paranoid. I never once thought they were going to shut down parts of a line for 6 weeks at a time. I could be way off on this, but I forgot what metro incident happened last year, I believe it was at Stadium-Armory where trains were going to bypass that station for something like 6 months. I believe it took a few weeks. People like to freak out, just like people were freaking out that the trains were shutting down for the day as if we live in the stone age and have no other mode of transportation to get to work. This whole thing is a pain in the ass for sure, but like I said initially, I was expecting the worse.

    • Agreed. And it only lasts a year? Hopefully this time they’re being realistic about the timeline.

    • I appreciate them issuing a detailed schedule so we know what to expect (like I’ll plan to drive when I start my new job in Springfield next month). Hopefully they’ll be as good about updating it when the repairs inevitably get delayed.

    • …but all it takes is one train in the single-track zone to have brake problems, door problems, sick customer, etc. and then that zone is out of service. Probably best to avoid the system all together.

      • Agreed, I plan to avoid taking metro entirely on the affected lines when they’re working on those because of this. Time to get comfy with HopStop people! It’ll help you figure out the buses.

    • They’re planning 10-12 minutes headways on O/B/S through downtown during rush, which will inevitably be longer… this is going to be pretty bad.

      • Yes. This is what anyone saying “doesn’t look that bad” is missing. The single tracking and shutdowns are only for small portions of the system at a time, but the impact of single tracking is going to drive train volume through the core way, way down. They simply can’t move as many trains through the system. Further, an incident that only might cause a 5-10 minute delay is going to be exponentially more destructive. All of this will cause more people to drive or take the bus and delay those routes, too. It may be necessary, but it’s gonna be a wreck.

        • For sure. I don’t believe that anyone who says this is going to be manageable has actually used metro regularly over the past few years.

    • Ally

      Potomac Ave and Stadium-Armory Metro stations will be 100% closed August 20th-September 6th.

      • See you on the D6…

        • Thank goodness I live at the start of the line. The D6 gets pretty crowded once we hit 15th and C. Its going to be super full pretty soon. Maybe Metro will consider adding the stops back to 19th and C?

    • Brookland/CUA (well within DC) will be completely shut down for over 3 weeks. As a regular commuter, October is going to be hell.

  • Just read this and one major question with the moratorium . How is DC going to handle big events or events that go past midnight? The first test will be AwesomeCon in June, but thinking of major events.

    Most notably, how is DC going to handle the inauguration in January?!

    • All major repairs *should* be done by January with the exception of long term late-night redline single tracking. However, WMATA specifically states the redline will NOT be single tracking during Inauguration Week.

      • I read that, but the bigger question is that the Metro will still close at Midnight. Are you saying that the parties end by Midnight? As someone who worked them in 2009, it was a nightmare, and long hours.

        Now lets just hope that the Nats don’t make it to the Playoffs! (J/k of course… but leaving the game would be a nightmare).

    • The 4th, Inauguration, and cherry blossom season next year are supposed to be the only exceptions to this.

      Post-game crowds will be… interesting.

    • Oooh, that’s a good question. I’m assuming they’ll make an exception and stop whatever work is going on then (still, I’m glad to be walking distance from the Mall!).

    • Ashy Oldlady

      AwesomeCon. AKA Halloween for Nerds.

  • I worry about the DCPS students. Since we’ve outsourced/abdicated (to Metro) our transportation responsibility for public school students in DC and essentially eliminated neighborhood schools, this will be a huge burden for DC school students. Especially the fall line shut down on the East end of the Red Line, with few good alternatives. Tons of students use that stretch of rails.

    What is the leadership of the school system going to do?

    • I don’t know how big of a burden this will actually be. Do many students attend a school in an area that is both far away and inaccessible by bus? Bus coverage in the city is pretty great.

      • Yes, lots of people do not attend their “neighborhood” school in DC and have to commute. If you ride the red line around 3:30-4:00 pm you’ll see plenty of kids. For example from the east side of RCP (Ft. Totten, etc.) to Wilson High at Tenleytown. I guess they could jump on the green line and change to red at Galleryplace…this will be pretty disruptive for them. The NOMA-Ft. Totten shutdown will be tough. I’m assuming that the green line will continue to run at Ft. Totten, even while the red line is closed?

    • I never realized until I became a parent how much of the traffic in the city is parents hauling their kids to school. I drive past 6 elementary schools on the way to dropping my kid at his charter. I can’t imagine managing with metro/bus. It would take me over an hour each way including school dropoff and I only live 3.5 miles from work 🙁

  • Nothing is going to get done. If it hasn’t gotten done the last few years, it’s not going to get done in a year. Heck, I’ve seen escalators that were in repair for 4 years at one station, you really think they are going to fix all of metro’s lack of maintenance issues over one year? The same lazy people who haven’t done anything for the last decade while getting a paycheck won’t all of a sudden work overtime to get this done in a year. Unless the Union and lazy workers who were once felons are gone, nothing will change.

    • People keep forgetting this is a new general manager though. I say let’s wait and see what happens. Motivation often comes from the top (and they seemed to get a lot done the one day they shut down a few months ago — from what I’ve heard most of the problems they’re having haven’t been related to anything that was fixed that day… they’ve been different issues now.)

    • oh goody, we found a Trump supporter!

      • Ashy Oldlady

        You don’t need to be a right winger to recognize the gross disfunction all throughout Metro. Firsthand I’ve witnessed escalator and elevator replacement projects stretch on for many months beyond their expected completion dates, only to start breaking down again mere weeks after they’re installed.

      • Hey! You must me new. Super liberal dem here, who happens to have lived in DC for two decades. And guess what? 95% of Metro employees are utterly useless and probably make more than I do for working my butt off in private sector.

    • Except the part where he changed an entire middle management level to at-will employees (still don’t know how that got past the union). The message is clear: the rank-and-file need to start pulling their weight or people will lose their jobs in short order. Although with the level of dysfunction that Metro has been operating under for the past couple of decades I fear that will just invite them to come up wth more creative ways of falsifying reports and progress updates …

    • AdMoRez is right. New escalator construction at the Friendship Heights station (Metro Building exit) has been going on like 3 years. It would have been finished in 3 days if it were in China LOL!

  • Trojan has been encouraging safety surges for years!

  • Surprised no one is commenting on late night service going away. I guess nothing good happens after midnight anyways….

    • I think most of us that are out late take Ubers home these days. Still, it’s bad for people that work late and have a long commute home.

      • Or… don’t have the money to take an Uber? The surcharges are definitely going to be fun!

        • I knew someone would say this. My point is people who are out late for fun are usually able to budget for an Uber (or UberPool at least) since it’s only, say, a once-a-week indulgence. But if you’re a bartender who lives at the end of the line, that’s a significant expense to incur every workday.

          • “But if you’re a bartender who lives at the end of the line, that’s a significant expense to incur every workday.”
            .
            This exactly. Pretty much anyone in the restaurant/bar industry is going to have issues getting home unless they drive or live close. We also have a lot of 24 hour CVS/grocery stores/etc., not to mention hospitals — not sure when these places change their shifts but I feel bad for the people who are going to be stuck figuring out a different way to get to and from work.

    • That was the main thing I noticed. I’m bummed about this, as I almost always use Metrorail to come home after late-night music events (and to go to them). Maybe I will finally have to get a smartphone so that Uber is an option. 🙁

      • But I know that the system is in pretty bad shape, so if midnight closures is what it takes for them to fix it, then so be it.

    • I saw that tucked away in the article… Argh. I live right by a metro station so I metro home after midnight a lot. This needs to be fixed, but it’s going to be a miserable year dealing with getting around.

      • They also made no promises that late night service would ever be restored. If they still feel they have repairs to be done after the “surge,” I could see them indefinitely suspending service after midnight.

        • That’s going to be a decent hunk of lost revenue for them, though, I’d think. I don’t know why they’d have any incentive to not bring back after-midnight service.

          • I bet post-midnight service is actually a net drain on Metro revenues, even during the weekends and with 20 minute headways. It costs A LOT to keep the whole system open and ridership is waaaaaaaaaay down after 10pm every night.
            I’d love to see the numbers on late night service to see if it’s a profitable endeavor.

          • justinbc

            I doubt it’s profitable, but not every (most, in fact) government service should be profitable, it should serve a public need. Many people need to get home late at night, whether they’re out at bars, working in the restaurant industry themselves, or any number of other reasons. Just because it’s not during rush hour shouldn’t make those peoples’ needs any less.

    • As long as they’re keeping the buses running after midnight, people in DC will still have public transport options. Having no option post-midnight but cabs and “ride-sharing” services would definitely suck wind.

      • The problem isn’t people in DC, it’s people in VA and MD with limited or no bus access.

        • +1. Ha, yeah, buses in the District operate until a decent time but good luck getting a bus out to the burbs in a reasonable amount of time even during the day on a weekday.

    • They haven’t released the traffic mitigation plans yet. It’s possible that they’ll run buses late night along the rail routes.

  • Sacrifice from all of us ? yeah sure.. like the Metro management and board use the system

    • This is true, but I’m sure the new GM has to put up with an unimaginably stressful load of crap every day that he just inherited (and said it was “worse than he thought.”). So I do a have a *little* sympathy for him at least.

    • The Post said a while back that the GM is commuting to work via MARC train and the Red Line. So at least he sees some of the front line experience. It’s a tough, bold move. I just hope it works.

      • Speaking of commuter trains, I wonder if they’ll expand their service during repairs. The VRE might be a good option for me, but it currently doesn’t run in the reverse commute direction.

  • Good year to be an uber driver.

    • + 1, or a Honda dealer.

      • So, rather than deal with shuttles replacing trains at certain stops and longer wait times across the board, people will buy cars that cost thousands of dollars? That only works if you have a poor grasp of math.

        • Making a few (conservative) assumptions about how much this plan will increase my commute time over the next year, and valuing my time at what I’m paid (I actually value my free time more, but this is the cleanest valuation of what my time is worth), I come up with around $9000 in wasted time over the next year for me, personally. This excludes the inevitable extra wastes of time when trains break down in single-tracking areas, any travel on the weekends, the fact that this work will probably end up taking 6-12 months longer than this schedule predicts, and the fact that there will probably be another “surge” announced as soon as this one completes. That will most certainly buy a reasonable used car. For the people I know who can get free parking at work, but take the Metro to avoid traffic headaches/because they feel it’s environmentally responsible/don’t want the cost of a car, that math suddenly looks pretty good.
          .
          I know it’s going to probably end up justifying buying a very nice electric bike or scooter for myself when they announce in the fall that they’re desperately behind schedule and have more work to do than they originally thought.

        • HaileUnlikely

          For some people, this will turn a 20 minute commute into a 40 minute commute. No big deal. For other people, this will turn a 45 minute commute into a two and a half hour commute. That’s different.

          • Even turning a 20 minute commute into a 40 minute commute (I’m assuming each way, so that’s 40 extra minutes a day total) can add up to a lot of money in wasted time. Assuming that the commuter works 225 days/year (regular 5-day weeks, less 10 federal holidays, 4 weeks of vacation, and 1 week of sick time), if they make $75,000/year, that’s about $5500 worth of wasted time; at $100,000/year, it jumps to over $7,000 per year. Those numbers are higher if the commuter gets fewer holidays or less sick/vacation leave.
            .
            But here’s who this is going to hurt the most: A low-wage worker working 2 minimum wage jobs who has to cut back hours to accommodate the extra commute time, even if their commutes are only 20 minutes each (20 minutes to first job, 20 minutes between, 20 minutes home, doubling each of those for an hour lost per day), could lose almost $3000, assuming they work 5 days per week and take 2 weeks off per year for various reasons (probably not the best assumption for someone hustling two jobs, but I’m working in conservative numbers here). Taking the minimum wage worker illustration a little further, if they’re putting in 50 hours between those two jobs, they could lose about 10% of their income to longer commute times if they have to cut their hours back to accommodate said longer commute (and this is a *real* loss, not the theoretical opportunity cost of a well-paid salaried worker, as above). And that’s assuming their employer is willing to “work around” the Metro delays and only chop an hour a day off to accommodate the longer commute. More likely, they’d lose whole shifts if their schedule was planned around a certain commute time, especially when commuting between two jobs. I’m going to assume (I know) that most of us have worked a low-wage job before, and know that if you say “boss, I can’t start at 4 PM anymore since my commute is now twice as long and I’m at my other job until 3:30. Can I start at 4:30 instead?” you’re going to see that whole shift go to someone else, or be told to find another way to get there and get there on time or be fired, not get a “oh, sure, we can be flexible.” How realistic is this scenario? I’m not 100% sure exactly how many people this would impact, but I know I’ve worked 2 jobs at many times in my life, and relied on a fairly fixed commute time to make it to both (the half-hour between shifts was a fairly common situation for me, but thankfully that was in an area where everyone drove, traffic was moderate, and I had a car, so I had 10 minutes to shove some food in my face between shifts…when I worked 2 jobs in DC, I had a little more time between shifts, maybe 30 minutes more than I needed to make the commute, which could still be problematic with these delays).

          • I could be wrong, but my impression from who I see on what kind of transit when has been that low-wage workers mostly take the bus, not the Metro.

          • The bus lines will also be impacted by higher ridership (which will slow them down as more people will have to board and disembark, and may be bad enough in some places that riders can’t get on the first bus through) and increased auto traffic. While Metro indicated they will have some buses dedicated to bus bridges, they didn’t indicate they would be increasing the frequency of local routes that operate around the closures/single tracking.
            .
            And impressions and casual observations are often misleading. I worked in an office during the day and a call center at night. You wouldn’t have known that I was making minimum wage and working two jobs to scrape by to look at me. In general you are correct that the incomes of those who ride Metro rail are higher than those who ride Metro bus, but in the off-peak mid-day periods (when many low-wage workers are heading out to lunch shifts at restaurants), the median household income of rail riders plummets. Metro published statistics about this a few years ago. At some stations, the median household income of those boarding between 10 AM and 3 PM was half that of those boarding at morning rush hour.

          • In case anyone is curious, here’s the page about the ridership income data. It was last year they released it, so it’s pretty fresh data. Fares haven’t changed since this release, so I think we can assume the patterns are fairly consistent.
            .
            http://planitmetro.com/2015/06/29/metrorail-rider-incomes-a-closer-look/

          • Probably low-wage workers who live in DC take the bus, but most of them live outside the city where it’s cheaper, and you need a car then.

        • If you’re already thinking about buying a car, this might be enough to push you to do it.

        • justinbc

          Several people have posted here on this site that they will be buying a car, and some of them even claim to live in the District and not want to deal with the inconvenience. There are plenty of wealthy people who live in this city and choose public transit because it’s convenient, but have no problem going to a dealership and buying a new car if that gives them somewhat equal convenience compared to a change by WMATA.

          • Good to have a car just as an option imo but I realize some people prefer not to own one. All personal preference I guess.

          • Even if Metro’s running perfectly, my commute takes 1/4th of the time if I’m driving, and parking costs less than the Metro fare. For a lot of people Metro isn’t the most logical option but they do it to avoid the hassle of owning a car. But when Metro itself becomes a hassle car ownership makes a lot more sense.

    • +1000. Was just about to post this.

  • I have never been so grateful to live within walking distance of almost everything (and I’ve always been pretty grateful for that). Looks like Lyft will be getting a ton of my business the rare occasions I would have taken the metro. I feel so sorry for everyone that has no choice but to rely on the system or drive.

    • I used to be like you. Then I switched jobs. How I miss those days! Maybe my company can make room for me in their tiny DC office.

    • Man I really miss my walking commute now more than ever. Maybe I can just telework for a month in October when my side of the red line is shut down.

      • I’ve already put on the books to take a 2-week vacation and then telework 2 days of the last week during that time. If the first couple of shutdowns are badly mangled, I’ll extend that to vacation for 3 of the last 5 days and teleworking the other two. I’m so lucky to have those options. I know so many people who don’t, and this is going to be a disaster for them.
        .
        What I want to know is what the heck were they doing over all those weekends when the Red Line on our end was shut down a few years ago? It seemed like it was closed every 2-3 weekends (including quite a few long weekends) for *months,* for the same things mentioned here (rail tie, track bed, and fastener renewal). And now they’re saying “oh, this stuff is 40 years old!”

    • this sucks. i get it. i do. i metro from MVT to King Street every week day. that said, i’m doing my best to accept it because what other options are there? it is what it is. there is never a time when people aren’t upset. whether it’s weekend trackwork, a single day shut down to ID issues, lines that are on freaking fire, or when WMATA comes up with a tangible, fairly transparent plan, people are still pissed.
      .
      this is will undoubtedly affect everyone in the DC metro area to some degree. IT IS WHAT IT IS. i would prefer to deal with a year (inevitably 1.5 years) of shitty delays, single-tracking, and shutdowns in order to address 10+ (15+? 20+?) years of neglect rather than my life be endangered on a daily basis by said neglect. let me know when you have a better plan (genuinely interested to hear it) than what has been laid out here. it seems reasonable to me given the number and severity of issues at hand, but i will never claim to be remotely close to a transit expert. what i am an expert in, however, is understanding when things are out of my control and when i simply have to accept the circumstances i am given and learn that complaining about everything under that precious ball of fire in the sky is not going to get me anywhere.
      .
      repeat after me: “it. is. what. it. is.”

  • Everyone should remember to tip your bartender and server once metro shuts down after midnight. My husbands a bartender and gets home most nights via metro. It is a 4 bus commute home for him otherwise. We’re going to start saving for all those Uber rides now.

    • I wonder if they’ll get less late night business because of this as well (especially if it’s a place like Lauriol Plaza that gets a lot of business from suburbanites). Maybe the bartenders can pool together and organize a shuttle/carpool

      • I wonder if businesses are allowed access to the ZIP codes of the credit cards their patrons use. If they do they can pretty easily figure out an estimate for what a midnight closure would mean to their revenue.

    • Can your husband bike? Most of the hardcore late night service industry professionals in my friend circle – especially men – bike home every night. Even the ones who live in Takoma MD and Silver Spring will ride home at night. $15-20 Uber rides add up quickly on a service professional’s budget. And they’ve been burned too many times by public transport.

  • Driving/parking at night in DC will be a disaster. So much more crowded and many more drunk drivers…
    .
    The notion that everyone takes Uber home is crazy. Most people out at night in your typical “out” areas (Adams Morgan, U Street, Dupont, etc.) are not a 5 min Uber drive away. People come in from all over to go out in DC. They’re not gonna take an Uber home….they will drive to the area they are going out, find a place to park and then drive home. Really hope parking enforcement is on this.

    • Yeah. I thank my lucky stars in actually in the city now, and in a pretty accesible place. If this was announced when I still lived in MoCo I would be screwed. That $5 Uber ride would cost $20 at minimum.

      • If this had happened 10 years ago when it was a lot more common for young professionals to live in VA or MD (not to mention no Uber) it would have been a disaster for the nightlife industry. But now a lot of the party animals live close to the bars they frequent.

        • It will still be a big dent. Yes, more people are living in DC….but there’s a lot of people coming in from outside of DC (or further out in DC). Especially during intern season….

    • If those people are ok with casual drunk driving moving forward, wouldn’t they have been doing it already? It’s not like it’s easy to metro in from the suburbs on a weekend night. First you have to drive to the station, wait outside for a long time on a deserted platform, and then take an eerily empty train (those tend to have the creepiest guys on them). The journey takes forever and often you don’t feel safe. Anyone who is currently doing the responsible thing and putting up with that to avoid drunk driving will probably just go out less and take a $100 Uber home when they do.

      • You actually think that cutting late night weekend service won’t increase people on the roads after going on?

        • I think those people are already on the roads.

          • Hop on a Metro on a weekend night and then tell us that. Yes, there are people who do drive already. But it’s not uncommon for Metro trains to be standing room only on weekend nights. There’s a lot of people who Metro into DC for weekend nights – or even across DC.

          • Really? I’ll admit, it’s been a few years since I’ve taken a train after a night out. But back then there was NO ONE riding late at night.

          • How many years?
            .
            I remember HUGE crowds waiting for the train the last time I was leaving Dupont Circle after midnight (around 2 a.m.), and a fair amount of people waiting at U Street the last few times I’ve boarded a train there late at night.

          • I started taking the metro to DC bars when I moved to Fairfax in 2005. That tapered off when I moved to DC in 2007. It’s probably been at least 5 years since I’ve taken a late night weekend train at all.

          • Also I distinctly remember a few of those rides where I was in a car with no one except a masturbator or some other creep. I would have preferred these crowds you’re talking about.

  • Am I the only one thinking having Metro available and working like it should isn’t an entitlement? I’m car-less, and sympathetic, but there are plenty of major US cities that have no Metro system, and have limited public transportation options. Metro has serious maintenance/safety issues, and they need to be addressed, but those living in the DC area should maybe gripe less about the inconvenience of the upcoming fixes and worry more about how to help sustain a valuable asset. Metro’s new leader appears to be taking bolder steps and showing increased concern in comparison to past leaders, so that’s a positive development. While the changes to service will be disruptive, they’re being made for the right reasons. The inconvenience that’s in store is a relatively minor evil if accidents, deaths, and/or the end to Metro operations is the alternative. New leadership is a start, but it also seems that more money is required to run Metro properly. Are those unhappy with the service changes willing to contribute more funding or help lobby for it?

    • I don’t think there’s many people disagreeing that these fixes need to be made. But I think the first part of your comment is absurd. If I live in Columbus Ohio and was paying a $600 mortgage on a 3 bedroom home in a decent area, driving to work and parking for free in a parking lot, most people would be fine having a car because there isn’t public transportation. Let me know where you can find that same deal in DC.

      • And let me know when you find a $600 mortgage payment on a 3BR in a decent area of Columbus.

  • I kind of lucked out! The metro station closest to work is closed for a week while I am slated to be on vacation (not flying, fortunately). And the station closest to home will be closed for 2 weeks, but I should be able to ride my bike to work during those two weeks.
    .
    So… L’Enfant will remain open? No line repairs affecting L’Enfant…

  • I totally understand how dire the work required needs to be done. That said, 1 month notification for the extent and scope of this work really doesn’t leave people much time to plan. I think they are really under-selling the massive inconvenience this is going to cause and the resulting ripple effect – more traffic, even more over-crowding of buses, etc.

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