May 13, 2009
As a Metrorail commuter, I choked on the May 8 Metro article "Food Kiosks at Stations? Metro Just Might Bite. " If Metro managers think riders won't eat and drink more in the system with food kiosks in stations, they've got it wrong. Stations and rail cars are already trashed daily. I often see mice on the tracks, and the other day I saw a rat at the Fort Totten Station. Metro should ask its station custodians what they think of this idea. Those workers will be pulling lots of overtime to keep up with all the trash, defeating the purpose of...
May 9, 2012
Saturday was game day for both the Washington Nationals and the Washington Capitals. It should be obvious that there should be more trains running to accommodate fans going to the games. However, the powers that run Metrorail decided that Saturday was a day to cut service, leaving many fans (and others) stuck on train platforms because the Red Line trains going downtown were so crowded that many would-be passengers couldn't even attempt to get on. Is it too much to ask that Metrorail officials consult a calendar of events when...
January 20, 2012 |
The impact of the proposed Metro fare increases would vary greatly, depending on the type of trip. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles has proposed ending the peak-of-the-peak surcharge , while increasing the Metrorail boarding charge, the per-mile charge, the maximum SmarTrip fare and daily parking rates. But those costs affect riders in different ways, depending on whether they commute long distance at the height of rush hour, make a shorter trip at a less crowded time or head for one of the D.C. region's...
October 28, 2011 |
After several years of study, the transit authority has decided how it wants to rearrange the Metrorail trains . Now Metro's task is to explain this new rush-hour service so people can take advantage of it, or at least avoid getting lost. What's changing? Starting in June, the peak period service will include more Orange Line trains coming from the line's western end in Northern Virginia into downtown Washington. Fewer Blue Line trains will serve the downtown's west side.
April 28, 2012
The April 22 editorial " Is Dulles rail running aground ?" was the best explanation I've seen for why Metrorail should not be extended into Loudoun County. The editorial said that extending Metro could bring up to 40,000 jobs to Loudoun that would otherwise go to Reston or elsewhere in Fairfax County and that Loudoun's growth would be lessened by 10 percent or more. And of course, it will cost us millions. I don't want 40,000 new jobs in Loudoun, and slowing growth by 10 percent or more would be a...
April 7, 2011 |
Metrobus passengers in Maryland and Northern Virginia will keep all their routes, but Metrorail riders could wait longer for trains on weekends as part of the agency's efforts to close a $72 million gap in its next operating budget. However, Metro's board of directors said Thursday they are still considering cutting some bus routes in the District to save money. The board also agreed it would not try to generate income by selling naming rights to Metrorail stations. In a meeting, board members also said...