The District’s representative on Metro’s Board of Directors will lead a public meeting Monday on a contentious proposal to cut back bus service in a Southeast Washington area where Metro says buses are routinely pelted with rocks and bricks.
Muriel Bowser, the city’s Ward 4 council member, said she is convening the meeting in Southeast to hear from riders who would be affected and from police commanders and transit officials.
The route change, one of many the transit agency has proposed for 2013, would end nighttime service on a stretch of the W6/W8 route, which begins at the Anacostia Metro station and covers several miles through Southeast.
Metro says attacks have sent drivers and riders to the hospital and caused costly bus damage.
But D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and other officials have said service should not be cut and that D.C. police need to step up their efforts to halt the attacks.