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DASH Bus Drivers Threaten to Strike During Metro's Blue, Yellow Line Shutdown This Summer

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    DASH Bus Drivers Threaten to Strike During Metro Shutdown

    As if the thought of a Metrorail shutdown south of Reagan National Airport wasn’t enough of a commuter concern - there's now word that Alexandria’s DASH bus drivers could go on strike during the same time. News4's Adam Tuss reports. (Published Thursday, May 16, 2019)

    DASH bus drivers in Alexandria, Virginia, say they may go on strike this summer during a major Metro shutdown that will close all stations south of Reagan National Airport for weeks.

    "We're asking just for what we deserve, and if we don’t get it, a strike will be coming,” said a DASH bus driver who did not want to be identified.

    He said bus operators aren’t earning enough in pay and benefits and the Metro shutdown may be the right time to make a point.

    "I’m broke. I don’t mind striking, you know what I’m saying. It’s not going to make my situation worse. I’m already in the bottom, you know,” he said.

    Metro Shutdown Coming This Summer to Blue, Yellow Lines

    [DC] Metro Shutdown Coming This Summer to Blue, Yellow Lines

    Every Metro station south of Reagan National Airport will shut down over the summer for repairs. News4's Adam Tuss reports.

    (Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019)

    Every station south of Reagan National Airport on the Blue and Yellow lines will be closed for the summer so that Metro can repair platforms.

    Transportation officials say the shutdown is necessary to rebuild the platforms that are cracking and crumbling.

    Alexandria officials are making plans for more buses just in case a DASH strike happens, but said negotiations are ongoing.

    "I think everything that we have heard from DASH is that they are working diligently and expediently with the operators to make sure they get to a solution,” said Yon Lambert, the director of the Alexandria Transportation and Environmental Services.

    Metro says it will have enhanced shuttle bus service between the stations.

    Alexandria officials also say more HOV restrictions will go in place on streets and water taxi service will expand for the summer.

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