Unlike its off-peak trains, Metrorail’s rebuilding program is moving full-steam ahead. When will it actually be done?

After years of deferred maintenance, WMATA is neck deep in major track work every weekend. The work is clearly necessary for Metrorail’s long-term viability, but it’s awful for riders now.

With headways approaching a half hour, weekend service is maddeningly inconvenient. God help anyone needing to transfer.

Part of the problem is there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. Riders don’t know how long they’ll have to put up with construction. There have been vague references to 2017 as when Metro may return to normalcy, but most riders haven’t heard that, and those who have don’t know what it actually means.

Thus, Robert Thomson at The Post today published a column calling on WMATA to publish deadlines, so the riding public has a better idea of what to expect.

Highway agencies publish deadlines for road work. Maryland’s MTA published deadlines when it closed portions of Baltimore’s light rail in 2004. Why can’t Metro?

[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.