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On the drawing board: More service, cheaper passes in Metro GM's budget proposals

Some commuters could see significantly more subway services next year as part of plans to pull riders back to the…

Some commuters could see significantly more subway services next year as part of plans to pull riders back to the system. Unlimited driving licenses can also be cheaper. But it would only happen if the region’s governments paid more. Find out what would otherwise change if general manager Paul Wiedefeld’s budget proposal passes.

WASHINGTON – Some commuters could see significantly more subway services next year as part of the plans to pull riders back to the system. Unlimited driving licenses can also be cheaper. But it would only happen if the region’s governments paid more.

Under the Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s budget proposal for the year starting in July 201

9, Metro would extend the train frequency for ten minutes to 10:00 and an additional 90 minutes to 8:30 pm each evening to cover people stuck in the office. The times when the top prices are charged would not change.

All Yellow Line trains would be extended to Greenbelt, which reduced congestion at stations like Columbia Heights, Fort Totten and College Park, which were worsened by service interruptions a few years ago. 19659003] Red Line riders would see service at Glenmont, Wheaton and Forest Glen under a plan to drive all Red Line trains between Glenmont and Shady Grove. Completing the usual complex torque in the center of the line that is done today on the red and yellow lines can make the service better.

The draft budget holds Metrorail’s current operating hours from 5:00 to 11:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5:00 to 1:00 Friday, 7:00 to 1:00 Saturday and 8:00 to 11:00 Sunday.

With more new 7000 Series trains arriving and making up more than half of the system’s fleet, a summary of the proposal said that all trains would be eight cars long as of next year. While the 7000 Series trains are always running in eight-car configurations, other cars in eight cars could reduce the amount of work at railway distances to reconfigure trains several times a day.

Metro said that the yellow and green lines only drove eight car trains and would start planning only eight car trains on the red line in July 2019, the blue line in October 2019 and the orange and silver lines in June 2020.

Wiedefeld’s budget proposal $ 2 billion includes $ 37 million in Metro working to prepare the Silver Line extension to Dulles International Airport, which is now expected to open in the second half of 2020; an expected $ 5 million in trial $ 4 million in security requirements and $ 5 million for paratransit service, all of which are exceptions to the 3 percent cap on subsidy increases now required by Maryland and Virginia.

In addition, he requests $ 20 million for the expanded rush hour service and related changes.

This would mean that municipalities would pay a total of $ 1,182 billion in operating grants during the financial year beginning July 1, 2019. In Maryland, the state is born in the bill. In Virginia, the city or county pays the governments. The district government pays its part.

Extended rush hours would be expected to cost $ 5.4 million after booking for $ 2.8 million in new-price revenue. The metropolis would complement 1.2 million new trips during the year and benefit riders of 11.7 million trips.

The extended Yellow Line service is estimated to cost $ 3 million over $ 5.1 million in new revenue. Metroprojects that would benefit riders on 12.4 million trips and create 1.7 million new trips.

Extended Glen Line service to Glenmont is estimated to cost $ 1.2 million in addition to an expected $ 2 million in new-price revenue. Metroprojects that would benefit riders of 3.4 million trips and create about 600,000 new trips.

Additional eight-car trains are expected to not have an immediate impact on ridership numbers. The additional costs, including extra power, are estimated to be $ 15 million a year.

While Metro focuses on peak hours, great track work will continue indefinitely.

In a first step to confirm the significant disturbances, the draft budget would lower the weekend bus prices to a flat $ 2, regardless of distance distance. Weekend ridership has been crushed because of unreliable service due to long-term track work.

If the price of $ 2 is assumed for the most part, some weekend and holiday trips can still be charged higher prices during major regional events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival or Independence Day celebrations.

Price changes designed to draw back weekdays would focus on daily and weekly passages.

The prices for 7-day unlimited regional bus passes would fall from $ 17.50 to $ 15 and the cost of a one-day pass would fall from $ 14.75 to $ 13. The cost of a 7-day pass would fall from $ 60 to $ 58, and Metro would also introduce a new $ 28, 3-day passport with unlimited train and bus travel.

Metro would add unlimited bus tours to all SelectPass monthly passes and visitors go. This is in addition to Metro’s plan to allow many riders to start paying for their travels with a virtual SmarTrip card on their smartphones.

As Wiedefeld had already said, he plans to change Metro’s “Rush Hour Promise” contribution. Railway drivers who have registered SmarTrip cards are currently receiving refunds to cover travel for travel 15 minutes beyond the longest expected trip at that time of the day. The new plan would include trips that were delayed at least 10 minutes.

“The last year has been about showing customers that we get Metro” back to good, “Wiedefeld said in a press release on Monday morning.” Now we must be better than good when we work to attract and retain customers. Although there are a number of improvements, such as discounts and automatic train operations that we can do in the new cap on contribution development, the service improvements I’m included in this budget will need the region’s support and the Board’s approval. “

The budget package also includes a $ 1,4 billion spending plan for the 12-month period as part of a $ 9.2 billion six-year plan. Among the projects are improved ventilation and waterproofing in tunnels and a new $ 350 million rail monitoring facility would be built near New Carrollton on Pennsy Drive.

Wiedefeld formally presented its proposals for a Metro Board Committee Thursday. The board will need to address the total cost of the metro budget during the discussions over the next few months.

Risks identified The proposal includes questions about reauthorization of special federal capital financing, concerns about changes in nationwide transit transit and uncertainty

Official hearings are expected this winter.

The board aims to adopt a final budget at the end of March.


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