Metro has seen a slight improvement by several measures since the conclusion of the SafeTrack maintenance program this past summer. Rush hour ridership has returned to pre-SafeTrack levels, but ridership has yet to rebound at other times of the day. Metro has also retired all 1000 and 4000 series railcars from the fleet, which has improved reliability as the problem-plagued cars have been replaced by new 7000 series trainsets.
However, problems in need of permanent solutions persist. Metro needs significantly more money to keep the system in a state of good repair and avoid the service cuts and fare hikes seen in June. A dedicated revenue source is essential to maintain the progress Metro has made and prevent further cuts. Additionally, a U.S. Senate panel recently revealed that Metro’s Office of the Inspector General--meant to be an independent watchdog within Metro--lacks the independence it needs to do their job. Dedicated funding and governance reform are needed to ensure that Metro is reliable and accountable to the region’s residents.
The following meetings and speakers are tentatively scheduled for the 2018 WMATA-Metro Work Group. All meetings will take place at noon or when the House adjourns, whichever is later.
The schedule is subject to change. Please contact Sean Emerson in my office with any questions at (301) 858-3649 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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