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Metro Union Chief Sounds Off

metro logoSILVER SPRING — The president of Metro’s largest union says recent management decisions put riders at risk of losing their jobs due to tardiness.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 president Jackie Jeter is criticizing WMATA managers’ decision to allow contractors to run shuttle bus services while a Red Line station was closed last month because deficiencies in the shuttle service created a risk that riders might lose their jobs due to tardiness.

Metro management paid private bus operators to transport riders between Silver Spring Station and Fort Totten Station when WMATA temporarily closed Takoma Station for a capital improvement project. Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly had said the long trip times and long lines of people waiting to board at Silver Spring Station Nov. 27 were due to traffic caused by an unrelated vehicle crash that day.

However, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 president Jackie Jeter – whose union represents more than 9,000 Metro employees – attributed the shuttle delays Nov. 27 and 28 to WMATA’s decision to use private buses operated by contract bus operators rather than Metrobus drivers and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority vehicles.

“Metro needs to take responsibility for their piss-poor planning. This shutdown – which is SafeTrack, only by another name – was announced over the summer,” Jeter said. “They had time to prepare, yet here we are with private contractors who can’t get the job done in a way that gives the riding public the Metro service they deserve,” she added.

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Metro may close up to 20 stops - raise fares

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Metro staff is proposing that the agency take 20 stations out of service midday and on weekends, raise fares, cut 300 staff, and request more money from D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Metro staff said in a report for the Board Finance Committee Metro will have to fill a budget gap of $275 million for fiscal year 2018. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is scheduled to present his proposed operating budget in November.

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Red Line station closed due to falling ceiling debris

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Metro is sending out engineers to figure out how to prevent debris from calling from the ceiling of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station along the Red Line in Washington, D.C.

According to Metro spokesperson Morgan Dye, the engineers will inspect deteriorated concrete at the station and propose solutions though repair crews finished filling holes in the ceiling Sunday.

Metro Chief Operating Officer Joseph Leader said Friday Metro’s engineers did not initially detect the potential for more concrete to fall before the station opened Thursday because they only inspected the area immediately surrounding the pieces that fell.

The second round of falling concrete came from the ceiling about 40 feet away.  

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