Paul Wiedefeld

What You Missed: House Hearing on Metro Safety and Reliability

The House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee held a hearing Tuesday to address the D.C. Metro’s recent safety and reliably issues.

“The federal government has invested billions in Metro, yet the system is not safe and is not reliable,” Rep. Sam Graves said. “Congress cannot legislate communication or buy WMATA a safety culture.”

Metro Cutting Service for Maintenance
Transit system closing early to fast-track recommended emergency repairs

The entire Washington Metro rail system will close at midnight each day beginning June 3, cutting off daily service hours earlier in order to jump-start emergency repairs requested by federal officials.  

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld last week put forward his plan to address outstanding maintenance issues over the next year. The SafeTrack program proposes closing early on weekends first before shaving hours off commuting routes during the week.  

How Capitol Hill Will be Affected by Metro Repairs
Expect subway station shutdowns and longer waits through March 2017

Sixteen Metro stations could either be closed or offer limited service during the planned upgrade of Washington's public transit system. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Metro's service on all subway lines serving Capitol Hill will be disrupted in the months ahead as the transit system launches a "military operation" to make the commuter lines safer and more reliable.  

The longest shutdown will come on the Red Line, when trains will not travel from NoMa-Gallaudet U to Fort Totten stations from Oct. 9 to Nov. 2; buses will be available to move commuters from one stop to another.  

Metro Chief To Congress: I’ll Blame You Next Time
Aging D.C. subway system plagued by breakdowns, safety questions

A Metro train pulls into Capitol South station on Capitol Hill (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Metro's board chairman asked Congress on Wednesday to double its spending to $300 million annually to turn the transit agency into one that can operate the kind of “world-class” subway system found in foreign cities.  

“This system has become an embarrassment in the nation’s capital,” said Board Chairman Jack Evans, who is also a D.C. council member. “All I’m asking from you is $300 million, which is your fair share given the fact that we transport 50 percent of your workforce. Everyday.”  

How to Fix Metro? Riders Have Their Say
We ask commuters -- what would you tell Metro's top brass?

The leaders who shut down Metro for a day and then suggested idling entire rail lines for six months are set to answer questions Wednesday before congressional subcommittees.  

Officials of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, including General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and Board Chairman Jack Evans, are expected to address the decision to shut down the entire subway system on March 16.