Metro board chairman: No separate trains for white nationalists attending D.C. rally
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Metro Board chairman Jack Evans says there will be no separate trains for white nationalists attending the upcoming “Unite the Right” rally in D.C.
"I’m here to dispel the notion, I’m here to say as chairman of the board of Metro, there will be no special cars, no special trains for anyone next Sunday or, for that matter, at any time," Evans told ABC7 Sunday. "We are a public transportation organization. We are open for whoever wants to get on and ride Metro.”
Evans says the board plans to discuss platform security and ways to maintain control and keep everyone safe during the Aug. 12 event this week.
Sources shared with ATU Local 689 that a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated hate group would be provided with three private Metro rail cars and a police escort that will allegedly stop at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station on Aug. 11 and 12.
The rally is set to take place at Lafayette Square, near the White House.
WMATA spokesperson Sherri Ly released a statement Sunday night in response to requests trying to confirm Evans' claims that Metro has decided not to have separate cars or trains for the "Unite the Right" rally:
As we said last week, we do not discuss security plans (and in the case of this event, not even plans, but discussions and deliberations). However, in the interest of ensuring that our customers have the most accurate information, I can tell you that the only station closures next weekend are Farragut West, McPherson Square and the lower level of Metro Center — all for track work, as we announced weeks ago. Claims that Vienna Station will be closed next weekend are false.
We appreciate your reaching out for official comment, keeping in mind that the ONLY official spokespeople for Metro are Paul Wiedefeld and his designees — i.e. not individual members of the board, electeds, the union, etc. We’ll do our best to help separate fact from fiction in the days ahead.