Metro's quick reconsideration of policies that led to overcrowding on late-night trains is commendable [Metro, July 2], but similar vigilance is needed regarding overloaded buses.
In the past, the problem of packed buses sometimes was ignored for years. For more than 10 years, for example, the F4 from Silver Spring to New Carrollton ran only once an hour on Saturdays and left passengers on the curb. Buses finally ran every half hour in 2001, after Metro added $3 million a year to its budget.
But this budget item was cut a year ago. So far problems have been few, but if the economy picks up, buses will get crowded again. Metro's board should use revenue from the recent fare increase to restore funding so that bus riders aren't left at the curb again.
The writer is president of a volunteer transit advocacy group.
I have been using Metro to commute to work ever since the federal government implemented the Metrochek program. I am, however, considering other commuting options because of Metro's poor management of the parking situation. I commute to New Carrollton, riding Metro into Northern Virginia. In April Metro closed a large commuter parking lot, supposedly to build a parking garage to increase available parking. A fence has gone up around the vacant lot, but nothing else has been done. Many commuters have been forced to use more expensive and inconvenient off-site parking lots. Three months have been wasted.
I was recently informed by a Metro employee that Metro is canceling its support for carpooling by eliminating the reserved parking spaces for carpoolers. How does this support Metro's goals of increasing ridership and decreasing the number of commuters using the area's congested roadways?