Metro isn’t proposing fare hikes this year but warned Thursday that riders can expect more service disruptions as the transit agency continues rebuilding the system and preparing for the new Silver Line in Northern Virginia.
The transit agency laid out its plans to do weekend work for just about every weekend in the first six months of the year, except during major events such as the presidential inauguration and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
“We understand the inconvenience to customers,” said Dave Kubicek, Metro’s deputy general manager of operations. “But we’re doing this because it is a necessity to sustain service and as demand becomes that much more.”
The work involves implementing National Transportation Safety Board recommendations, installing cellphone service capabilities and fixing platforms and lighting, Metro officials said.
“It is not just about the railroad and replacing steel,” Kubicek said.
The plans were laid out as part of Metro’s $2.5 billion operating and capital budget, which was presented Thursday to the agency’s board of directors.