Last weekend WMATA ran trains 30 minutes apart along the entire Orange Line. Although some reduction in service was necessary due to single tracking between Eastern Market and Cheverly, such extremely infrequent trains along the rest of the line was unnecessary and was a disservice to Metro’s customers.
Metro’s job is not merely to run trains. It’s to serve customers who ride trains. Occasionally it is necessary for customers to be inconvenienced for a short while in order to provide long-term improvements, but when that happens WMATA must do its best to minimize the inconvenience and provide adequate alternates. Last weekend it failed to do so.
The single tracking between Eastern Market and Cheverly was planned in order for WMATA to perform a range of repairs and reconstruction going on through that segment. Half-hour headways may have been necessary to ensure worker safety and maximize efficiency, so that the work could be completed prior to Monday’s rush hour. That’s all perfectly justifiable.
[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.