Metro to cut a thousand jobs, shrink employee healthcare and scale down services

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Big changes will come to Metro in 2017, after the proposal of a "reality check" budget plan which will cut a thousand positions at WMATA, cut employee healthcare expenses, and cut rail and bus services.

This announcement comes shortly after a memo from CEO Paul Wiedefeld, released Friday, described cutbacks which would affect more than 100 employees.  Metro is also beginning their biggest ever SafeTrack surge, which will severely shrink Red Line services for about a month.

“Metro has to face reality when it comes to what the region says it can afford and direct those resources to best serve the riders we have today,” said Wiedefeld. “This plan has Metro doing everything in our power to get major expense categories under control while improving safety and making the trains run on time.”

If this plan is approved, he following service changes will begin July 1, 2017:

  • During peak periods, trains would operate every 2-4 minutes at stations served by multiple lines in the system’s core.
  • Trains would run every 8 minutes in peak periods instead of every 6 minutes today.
  • Service would become more frequent for Blue Line riders, where trains are now scheduled every 12 minutes.
  • Rush+ trains would be eliminated.
  • During most off-peak periods (e.g. midday, early evening, and weekends) trains would run every 15 minutes on each line.

Metro will also outsource certain functions in an attempt to save money, cut employee healthcare expenses, and raise bus fare from $1.75 to $2.00.