How the Metro board uses Metro
Where they ride
The stations used regularly by Metro board members, according to a past survey.
of stations (26 of 86)
As Metro tries to rebuild its aging and deteriorating system, some riders worry that the transit agency’s board members don’t have an accurate view of what their daily commutes are like on the system’s buses and rail lines.
Curious about how often Metro’s 15 board members use the system, The Washington Post did an informal — and unscientific — survey.
Some couldn’t name — or refused — to name the exact bus lines or rail stops they used regularly.
Ben Ross, a transit advocate, said that if board members aren’t riding the system regularly, they are likely to not notice smaller, more nuanced issues that riders deal with such as the inconvenience of weekend track work and how long riders wait between trains.
“If you’re sitting in a board room, the difference between every 15 minutes versus every 24 minutes waiting for a train doesn’t seem like so much,” Ross said. “But if you’re waiting on the platform to get home, that’s enormous.”
Few ride the bus regularly. Most stick to downtown locations mainly on the Red Line. Few ride to the ends of the lines in Maryland and Virginia.
We laid out where board members ride and what they had to say about the transit system. The illustration shows the lines Metro board members say they use regularly.
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