WMATA to Vote on Metrorail Wait Times

By Adam Tuss
|  Thursday, Jul 25, 2013  |  Updated 8:54 AM EDT
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WMATA to Vote on Metrorail Wait Times

News4's transportation reporter Adam Tuss has the latest details on WMATA's new policy which could cut down on train wait times.
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During off-peak hours and weekends, thousands of Metrorail riders are faced with long waits -- much longer than in other major U.S. city subways.

WMATA is set to vote on a new policy Thursday that states riders should have to wait a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes on weekends and after 8 p.m. on weekdays.

Some riders say the wait often isn't worth it -- and the new policy won't be changing much of the current system.

"On the weekend, sometimes it's a lot and I'm like, 'Maybe I should just drive,'" Fatima Lorick said.

"I've gotten stuck in it at night when the screen is blank and it's not telling you if there's a train coming at all," Metro rider Tamara Nicholson said.

The question is how long, realistically, should you have to wait for a train? It's important to remember Metro is the second busiest system in the entire country.

"I think 5 [minutes] would be good... how about 8, max?" Mariska Bardow said.

In New York and Chicago, off-peak trains usually run every 6 or 7 minutes then spread out more in the very late hours.

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