Warning: Metro May Start Closing Earlier On Weekends!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011, 6:08pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:41pm) Add comments

The DC Metro’s board of directors is once again considering earlier closing times to leave more time for repairs. This time however, they’re floating the idea of closing stations at midnight on weekends!

washington dc metro subway closedWhile we would all like to see an improvement in maintenance, there are similar systems with much longer operating hours and less downtime that have managed to remain operational. This smells much more like a sneaky way to save money (they project it would save 5 million annually) than perform more track maintenance.

Closing the metro early “will seriously harm, if not kill, established and emerging entertainment districts” explained the restaurant association.

All this comes after record-high numbers of travelers take to the trains on Saturday nights. The obvious downfall is that it would hinder DC nightlife and inconvenience residents at best. However, when transportation options are limited people will still go out. This could mean more drunk drivers and road congestion making your trip home more .. interesting.

Monkey Thinking

Better way to pick weekend hours for metro?

So what are these people thinking? Not sure, but hopefully the plan gets dismissed just as quickly as the other times they’ve tried to reduced Metro hours. If not, perhaps we need a more viable option for deciding metro weekend hours. The only people that aren’t upset right now are taxi drivers who would benefit from such a change. The people already riding taxis would have to wait much longer to get one in most cases.

8 Responses to “Warning: Metro May Start Closing Earlier On Weekends!”

  1. jomo lee says:

    As i black man i have a hard enough time cabs so i rely on metro to get home on the weekend nights. If this happens i will most likely just stay in alot more.

    • Weza says:

      i feel u on the taxi thing. lol

    • Andrew says:

      I live out near Tysons (West Falls Church) and if I miss metro it is nearly impossible to get a cab to come out here. They roll the window down, ask where I’m going, and drive away. The cabs that will take me can take up to an hour to find and try to get $60-70 out of it when it is about a $30 metered trip. I have gotten a hotel in DC multiple nights and had to metro in morning due to the severity of this problem. I also suspect they just want to save money, as the article states, but that will hurt DC nightlife, restaurants, the overall service economy, and lower their overall ridership (I rarely ever come into DC Sun-Thurs since metro closes so early). They should just raise the late night premium and charge more. I’m sure a lot of drunk people after bars would really care less if the ticket was $5 or $6. Cuts in the second busiest metro in U.S. is NOT a good idea.

  2. rach says:

    This will hurt DC period! Why couldn’t they have done this during winter, when people didn’t ever want to go out and wait for a train at 2am. I will in Va so there is no way I will be going out as much. Not like I don’t already have to deal with stupid construction on 66 and 495 and every other road I have to take to get to and from work but now I have to deal with metro closing earlier. This couldn’t be more of a stupid idea to me. This makes me really mad and to think I my future plan was to more to DC and get rid of my car…. guess not now….

  3. SugaSkyy says:

    I think this is a stupid idea to close @midnight…I agree with Rach..why not do that around winter?Its gettin hot out here an also metro makes its most of its money on the weekends..No how many ppl come frm out of town and ride the metro after 12am..I wouldnt mind paying an extra $2-3 dollars at night to go out..I dnt take no cabs im fine on riding the train..I hope the choose night too..Cuz im one of those who ride metro to get to the clubs..lol…

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