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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 to begin retiring least reliable railcars as delays continue on Metrorail

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Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Monday the organization is scheduled to dispose of the 4000 series railcars as part of Back2Good, his plan to improve customer experience, according to a news release.

Metro officials said malfunctions with a train composed of 1000 series and 4000 series railcars at Foggy Bottom station caused delays for riders on the Silver, Orange and Blue lines Monday.

In addition to delays related to the disabled train at Foggy Bottom station, Red Line riders also experienced delays. Some riders said they waited at stations for 30 minutes for trains during the morning rush hour.

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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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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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