MWATA Board Proposes Major Transit Cuts

Courtesy of Prince George's County | 1/20/2010, 12:16 p.m.

Devastating Impact to Prince George€s County if Proposed Transit Cuts Are Approved
Courtesy of Prince George€s County

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at WMATA/Metro Headquarters, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C., to receive input on proposed service cuts that, if approved, will adversely affect thousands of county residents who rely on Metrobus service to commute to work, shopping, recreation and church activities.

Prince George€s County has and continues to strongly oppose any and all service cuts. And, residents who testified at WMATA€s previous public hearing, clearly and unanimously stated, €We Do Not Want Service Cuts. We Would Rather Pay A Fare Increase To Ensure That Necessary Services Continue. €

Included among the proposed service cuts that would adversely impact Prince George€s County are:

€ Elimination of 80 weekday trips
€ Elimination of 10 weekend trips
€ Impact 1300+ weekly or 70,000+ yearly riders
€ Reduction of Metrorail service during specific hours and at specific stations

These cuts, along with other more specific cuts, would impact 1300 + weekly or 70,000+ yearly riders. And, they would reverse over 10-years of continued efforts by Prince George€s County to build a more comprehensive bus service throughout the county.

The Wed., Jan 27 hearing is important because it will adversely impact public transportation and, ultimately, thousands of riders in Prince George€s County for years to come. Before the FY-10 Budget service cuts are even made, WMATA already has projected cutting $5.2 million or more in services from the FY-11 Budget. Budget cuts now, coupled with budget cuts in the next fiscal year, will leave tens of thousands riders without necessary transit services.