Post Content

Notes: WMATA seeking public feedback on possible fare hikes

Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 48. A slight chance of rain before 10 p.m., then snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 33. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

🚨 You need to know

The Potomac Yard Metro station (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, facing a $750 million budget shortfall, wants to know how folks might feel about fare increases and service cuts.

A survey about possible Metro changes is available online until Tuesday, March 5.

WMATA said in a release earlier this week that it’s considering public feedback on a series of changes to help close that gap:

Fares

  • Up to 25 percent fare increase
  • 20 percent parking rate increase

Metrobus

  • Eliminate service on 83 of 184 routes
  • Reduce service on 51 of 184 routes
  • Shorten routes with rail service

Metrorail

  • Close 10 lower ridership stations
  • Turn back every other Red Line train at Grosvenor-Strathmore and Silver Spring
  • Turn back Silver Line trains at Stadium-Armory
  • Decrease service on all lines – weekdays every 15 minutes, weekends every 20 minutes
  • Decrease Hours of operation: Close the rail system at 10pm; or
  • Keep existing rail system hours and open earlier and close later weekends: open at 6am on Saturdays and Sundays, close at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays

MetroAccess

  • Reduced service area due to a reduction in fixed route bus service
  • Approximately 20 percent of MetroAccess trips would no longer be served

Some of these cuts are part of a ‘worst case scenario’ if legislation isn’t passed to boost Metro funding. Metro General Manager Randy Clarke already said one of the more dire threats in this budget — closing ten Metro stations — is off the table if Metro gets the funding it needs.

📈 Thursday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Feb 13, 2024.

  1. Del Ray’s Hi/Fi Tex Mex BBQ needed after-the-fact permission to cook food, now they need it for their sign (839 views)
  2. Notes: New ‘Kitchen and Cocktail’ restaurant taking over former Faccia Luna space (778 views)
  3. Consultants behind Potomac Yard transportation study taking questions from the public next week (721 views)

Recent Stories

It’s going to be windy today in and around Alexandria. The National Weather Service says that conditions will be clear, with wind gusts this afternoon up to 50 miles per…

(Updated at 8 p.m.) More than 2,200 West End residents are without power after a transformer fire in the area of Seminary Road and N. Beauregard Street, according to Dominion Energy….

It was quite a week in Alexandria. It seems that nearly all of Monday’s news was overshadowed by the eclipse. Hundreds of bespectacled residents turned out at Ben Brenaman Park…

The Planning Commission didn’t have much by way of criticism for the proposed redevelopment of Vulcan Materials, but it opened the floodgates for Commissioners to dunk on the state of…

There’s a reason Well-Paid Maids has hundreds of positive reviews from happy clients in the D.C. area.

The home cleaning company pays cleaners — who are W-2 employees — a living wage starting at $24 an hour. Plus, cleaners are offered benefits, including insurance, 24 paid days off a year, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and more.

Lexi Grant, an operations manager at Well-Paid Maids, said it best: “People deserve their work to be respected and recognized. When that happens, you love what you do, and you create the best results.”

Read More

Submit your own Community Post here.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges? Do stress and anxiety seem to dominate your thoughts? At Peaceful Mind Solutions, we understand that navigating mental health can be daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Our team of compassionate therapists is here to guide you on your journey toward inner peace and emotional well-being. With a client-centered approach, we tailor our therapy sessions to meet your unique needs and goals. Whether you’re struggling with depression, coping with trauma, or simply seeking personal growth, we provide a safe and supportive space for healing and growth.

Embark on a path of self-discovery with our comprehensive range of therapy services, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, and holistic approaches. Our experienced therapists are dedicated to helping you cultivate resilience, develop coping skills, and foster a greater sense of self-awareness.

Read More

Submit your own Community Post here.

Del Ray Kitchen Confidential Design Tour

Please join us for Del Ray Kitchen Confidential – a walking tour of recently renovated kitchens in Del Ray with the experts who make the magic happen! FA Design Build owner Rob Menefee and Design Consultant Melissa Fielding walk us

Celtic Corridor in Concert at the Lyceum

Billy McComiskey, on button accordion, National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Award winner, All-Ireland Award winner, who has played with the Irish groups The Irish Tradition, Trian, and Green Fields of America. Billy’s playing is highly regarded as are his

×

Subscribe to our mailing list