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Water spray in tunnel results in Yellow Line Metro single-tracking

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Metro single-tracked trains between two Yellow Line stations for three hours as workers sealed off a small hole that was spraying water into a tunnel, according to a news release.

Trains single-tracked between L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon City stations on the Yellow Line after a Metro train operator reported seeing water entering a tunnel near L’Enfant Plaza Station around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release. At 2:30 p.m., the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority reported workers repaired the tunnel leak and restored the formerly de-energized track to service.

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Metro signs consent decree for ADA

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Metro officials signed an agreement this week with the Justice Department requiring training in the Americans with Disabilities Act for staff following allegations from a prospective employee, according to the consent decree.

“We are pleased to have reached a mutually acceptable resolution to this matter,” Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly said Thursday.

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Metro finance committee approves GM’s proposed operating budget

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WASHINGTON – The Metro Board of Directors Finance Committee approved the general manager’s proposed operating budget that includes service cuts and fare increases at a committee meeting Thursday, bringing it one step closer to board approval.

Board member Malcolm Augustine, who represents Prince George’s County, voted against the budget. He opposed the fare increases and called them “a bad business move” given that customer satisfaction fell in 2016 and continues to fall.

Metro last raised fares three years ago, in fiscal year 2015, Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel said.

Board member Tom Bulger, who represents the District, said Metro needs to increase fares for the next year unless it can find another funding source.

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Metro targets truancy to improve productivity and save on costs

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Metro’s general manager said Friday he is targeting truancy to increase productivity, to reduce extended unexcused leave and overtime and to save on operating costs.

“Every day of absence we avoid improves productivity, facilitates better operations, and helps prevent overtime,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said. “We expect this effort to generate about $2 million in bottom-line improvements projected in the FY18 proposed budget.”

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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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“Held Back Reform Too Long”

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Delaney proposes massive changes in the way Metro conducts business

 

A local representative said he has the legislative medicine to cure Metro’s ills.

“This legislation removes the brakes that have held back reform for too long,” said Rep. John Delaney (D-6), sponsor of the “WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) Improvement Act of 2017.”

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Maryland House debates safety commission as FTA cuts funding

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ANNAPOLIS – A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) union member said at a bill hearing that he was concerned about the future of due process for employees if Maryland legislators pass a bill to create a new safety commission.

The commission would serve as WMATA’s state-level safety oversight agency, which Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are required to set up by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The FTA has been acting as Metro’s temporary state-level safety oversight agency since October 2015 after it determined the previous oversight agency, the tri-state oversight commission, failed to fulfill its safety oversight role effectively. The Metro Safety Commission would take over from the FTA.

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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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Surprise! - More delays predicted along Metro Red Line

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority released its schedule for the remaining SafeTrack surges, adding a Red Line project and removing numbers from the major surges.

Riders can expect a combination of reduced service and either round-the-clock single-tracked trains or continuous station shutdowns requiring shuttle buses.

Metro suspended SafeTrack Safety surges, which affect rush hour travel, in January because of the inauguration and due to potential wintry weather, according to a Metro news release. Maintenance work instead has been occurring during midday and evening hours.

Metro riders on alternating lines will continue to experience delays to midday and evening service due to various maintenance projects that occur during those parts of the day.

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