Metro SafeTrack Draft Plan

Stadium-Armory_Metro_entrance_copy.jpgThere’s no question there is urgent need to make repairs to our Metrorail system to ensure safety and improve reliability. Our Metro system is invaluable to our city and our region. I commend the General Manager for recommending some tough medicine and an aggressive approach – our riders deserve this high level of urgency.
In reviewing the initial draft plan presented by WMATA, I’m concerned about the timing of the proposed closures at Stadium-Armory and Potomac Avenue stations. The current draft proposes to close these stations August 20 – September 6, 2016. ** There are some reports that WMATA might begin this work in early June at the request of the Federal Transit Administration. ** Those dates coincide with the first weeks of the new school year. Both of these stations are highly utilized by students and families traveling to school. Eastern High School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, Watkins Elementary School (which will be located at Eliot-Hine for school year 2016-2017), Center City Public Charter School, and Friendship-Chamberlain Public Charter School are each within a 5-minute walk of these stations and students and families are highly dependent on Metrorail access. Combined, these schools represent more than 2,250 students. Last year, we witnessed the impact of dramatically reducing service at the Stadium-Armory station when repairs were needed after an electrical fire. Even though bus service was provided, due to the significant rail service reductions that took place, the number of students late and tardy to school increased dramatically. Closing these stations at any time will present a serious challenge for all riders, but to do so as a new school year begins will have a very negative impact on the students and families during the first weeks of the academic year.
I recognize these repairs are needed and dramatic actions are being proposed, but I must ask WMATA to adjust its proposed schedule – perhaps moving these repairs sooner – to avoid a harmful conflict with the need for students and families to get to school.

You can read the full Metro SafeTrack Plan here. Let me know what you think.

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  • commented 2016-05-08 10:43:45 -0400
    I think this is something that needs to happen, but I have 2 question that I have not seen answered yet.

    1. Are they still going to charge us rush hour rates for significantly reduced service?

    2. Are they going to charge us 2x when we have to take the bus bridges between closed stations? We will be getting on and off 2x, but I surely don’t want to have to pay 2 fairs.

  • commented 2016-05-07 12:17:46 -0400
    Agree on moving shutdown on orange and blue lines if possible given school year starting. Could work be accomplished with single tracking (if possible in that area).
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  • commented 2016-05-06 17:47:07 -0400
    Shifting the closure of Stadium Armory and Potomac Avenue to an earlier date or if necessary to a later date to avoid the impact at the beginning of the school year is attractive however the cost of changing the order to other users and to the timely completion of the project must considered. More importantly where will the DC money come from. I do not see that this project is budgeted. Where is the overall transportation plan with the some benefit cost analysis per rider mile? Does expansion of the Trolley to Sunday service meet any standard of benefit cost per rider mile?