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Metro GM running out of “tools in the toolbox” to fix budget shortfall

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Metro’s general manager told the Metro Board of Directors’ finance committee that budget shortfalls may lead the public transit system back to the jurisdictions to ask for more money.

Board Chairman and D.C. Council member Jack Evans as well as Board member Michael Goldman have said they believe Metro will have to raise fares and reduce service, as Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld had proposed, for the FY 2018 budget because Metro needs the money.

Wiedefeld said Metro hopes to close the FY 2017 budget gap but that it might not be enough.

"The reality is, we are very close to (debt),” Wiedefeld said.

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Metro transports first 4000 series railcar to scrap yard

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4000 series retire- courtesy of MetroThe first of the 4000 series railcars was loaded onto a tractor trailer bound for the scrap heap to be replaced by a newer model. COURTESY PHOTO  

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority transported the first of the system's least reliable railcar series to a scrap yard Wednesday to be replaced by a 7000 series railcar.

"The 4000 are dogs, lemons, bananas, whatever you want to call them," said Metro board member Tom Bulger, who represents Washington, D.C. "They haven't performed as well."

Bulger said the gradual replacement of the 4000 series railcars, the least reliable of the fleet, will lead to fewer delays for riders.

"We think it's going to be a great thing for our customers, our patrons, and not have as many breakdowns," Bulger said.

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Metro official says new 7000 series railcars are not meeting Metro’s goals for reliability

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WASHINGTON –Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s chief operating officer said at a board committee meeting Thursday that Metro’s 7000 series railcars are not meeting Metro’s goals for railcar reliability.

Joe Leader, chief operating officer for Metro, described the Metro’s fleet critically.

"I would refer to it as poor and inconsistent,” said Leader regarding Metro fleet performance over time.

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Two cars separate from one of Metro’s newest trains

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Metro car separationPassengers had to evacuate when two cars detached from one of Metro's newest 7000 series trains.   PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMIE GARRISON  

Metro is investigating two cars detaching from one of Metro’s new 7000 series trains while carrying passengers on the Red Line just before 9 a.m. Monday.

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Metro Chief vows safer travel

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Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said he is taking on the problem that causes a majority of Metrorail delays: the trains.

"Our goal for 2017 is to reduce train car-related delays by 25 percent and track related delays by 50 percent,” Wiedefeld said at a public hearing before a joint committee hearing Friday in the House of Representatives.

One way he plans to reach that goal is continue to increase the number of Metro’s newest railcars, the 7000 series.

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