Time is money – and for Metro, it’s a lot of money.
To cut costs, Metro is proposing the rail system could save $6 million a year if passengers wait longer for trains on the weekends. For riders, that will mean more standing, reading, texting for up to 25 minutes.
Metro needs to close a $66 million budget gap. So on Saturdays the proposal is to increase the current 12 minute wait to 18 minutes and after 9:30 p.m. it'll be 25 minutes between trains.
Reaction on the rail wasn't favorable at all.
“They got to do something better than that,” said William Thomas, a Metro rider.
As for Sundays, the current 15 minute wait would be increased to 20 minutes between trains and after 9:30 p.m. it will be 25 minutes.
“It'd be a really big inconvenience,” said Ilana Spar, a Metro user. “I'd probably take a cab instead rather than wait 25 minutes to get somewhere.”