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Metro workers protest privatization of bus routes

Metro workers protest privatization of bus routes. (ABC7)

WMATA has a proposal on the table to use private contractors to manage and operate nine existing Metrobus routes.

The buses would eventually come out of a new facility in Lorton - but not everyone was pleased with the new proposal.

On Thursday, angry Metrobus drivers showed up at the site of the new facility to protest.

The workers, with the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 689, blocked the facility’s entrance and attempted to disrupt a meeting that the transit agency was holding with contractors.

"Paul Weidefeld is gonna destroy this transit system. We want transit to not be privatized. We want it to be ungovernable. To be able to have a say-so in what our public transportation looks like," said union representative Anthony Garland.

Union leaders claim that for the first time in Metro’s forty-year history private contractors will be bidding to manage and operate existing Metrobus routes and they believe this poses a threat to jobs and safety.

ABC7 reached out to Metro and we are still waiting for a response. In the meantime, organizers say the rallies will continue until their messages are heard - even if it meant a work stoppage.



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