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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 07/13/2012

WMATA board leaves riders out of policy decisions (#DMVReads)

WMATA guidelines adopted Thursday redefined what it means for trains to be “on time” when repairs and track work are taking place. (WMATA Photo by Larry Levine)
The WMATA board redefined what it means for trains to be “on time” during a meeting Thursday. Under the new guidelines, trains are now allowed to run as frequently as every 15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes during non-peak times when the transit agency is carrying out maintenance or repair work. According to Greater Greater Washington , this decision represents another example of how WMATA’s process excludes riders from the policy-making process.

“WMATA's board procedures put riders in a catch-22. Many board members want to hear about a proposal first; after all, they're the board. But when they hear about the proposal at a committee meeting, they then give feedback to staff, and often approve the policy right then. Committees comprise the entire board, so all members have had their say and voted; approving it at the official 'regular board meeting’ is then just a formality. ... When do riders get to speak up?”

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By Andy Smith  |  12:33 PM ET, 07/13/2012

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