Metro wants to hear from you about possible Metrobus changes

Metro will host a series of public meetings to discuss proposed Metrobus service changes. These changes include eliminating some or all stretches of certain routes and expanding the time between buses on some other routes. The meetings, which begin next week, are so that customers can offer input before the service alterations are finalized.

Head here to see a full list of routes and possible changes. 

All open houses begin at 6 p.m., and the public hearing portions start at 6:30 p.m.

The schedule:

MONDAY, OCT. 22: Department of Housing and Community Development (1800 Martin Luther King Ave SE, Washington D.C.). Hearing No. 576.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24: Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.). Hearing No. 577. 

MONDAY, OCT. 29: New Carrollton Library (7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton, Md.). Hearing No. 578. Also: Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School’s cafeteria (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va.). Hearing No. 579. 

TUESDAY, OCT. 30: Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library (5401 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington, D.C.). Hearing No. 580. 

Metro is also hosting a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in Cheverly (Cheverly Town Hall, 6401 Forest Rd.). People will be able to learn about the proposed changes at this meeting, but comments won’t become part of the public record. (As opposed to public comments at the other events or written statements, which could be released to the public.) 

Anyone who wants to speak at the meetings can register in advance, but it’s not required, according to Metro. People will be able to speak in the order they registered, followed by people who show up at the meetings but didn’t register.

You can register via e-mail (speak@wmata.com), mail (Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20001) or fax (202-962-1133). Make sure to note which hearing you are attending and include your name, address, telephone number and organization affiliation (if you are representing any particular organization).

If you can’t attend any of these meetings, you can also send any written statements to the same address or fax number (or e-mail them to writtentestimony@wmata.com). Those have to be in by Monday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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Mark Berman · October 18, 2012