WMATA to Vote on Metrorail 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.

    WMATA to Vote on Metrorail Wait Times

    [DC] 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. (Published Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013)

    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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