D.C. Metro weighs service cuts, surcharge

By Robert Thomson
Sunday, January 10, 2010

Transit riders, are you better off now than you were a year ago? These two letters suggest that the answer is no, and that's just the sort of message Metro board members were getting before Thursday's special meeting to consider budget-balancing service cuts.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I saw in your response to another Metro rider [during a Dr. Gridlock online chat Monday] that Metro has not already implemented its service cuts. But the service has already gotten outrageously slow and overcrowded at "rush" hour, especially on the Red Line.

This morning [Tuesday], I got on at Takoma, where I used to be able to get a seat any time of day. I could barely get in the door. The operator suggested we wait for the next train, but that would have been another 10 minutes, and judging from the passengers who were not able to get on that train, would have been even more packed. If this is not a cut in service, what's going on?

Also, Metro managers should be required to make a change at Gallery Place-Chinatown during morning rush hour to see what their passengers have to deal with. Anyone making the change from the Red Line to the Yellow or Green Line faces an immobile mass of people stuck on the platform. I'm surprised we don't have people falling off onto the track.

-- Mary Akers, Takoma Park

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I am appalled reading some proposed Metro cuts. First, I read about plans to have trains come up to a half-hour apart on Sundays.

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