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Metro Considering Weekend Closure at Midnight to Make time for Track Repairs


Photo of metro map circa 1996 by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

The Washington Post’s Ann Tyson tweets this morning:

Metro deputy Dave Kubicek said if Metro closes at midnight on Fri and Sat instead of 3 am it could gain 45 days/ year for track work.

Metro board members say public hearings should inform riders of the trade-offs from service cuts, such as gaining track work time.

Considering we get frequent WMATA alerts about maintenance closures like:

On the Blue and Orange Lines, there will be no train service between the Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail stations, and the two stations between — Federal Triangle and Smithsonian Metrorail stations — will be closed during the Presidents Day Holiday Weekend from 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, to closing on Monday, Feb. 21. During that time, the agency will undertake work to replace four track switches at the Smithsonian Metrorail station and make repairs to escalators and elevators.

Do you think it makes sense to for metro to close at midnight on weekends to free up more time for track maintenance/repair?

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