Metro to Make Special Announcement Tuesday – NBC4 Washington

Metro’s Board of Directors is set to make a special announcement at a news conference Tuesday morning as the agency faces several changes and rising ridership.

Details about the announcement are under wraps. The announcement is set for 9:15 am at Metro’s new headquarters building in Southwest DC

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced in January that he planned to retire in six months. A new leader has not yet been announced.

We know that Metro has seen more and more riders in the past few months. Ridership has outpaced expectations by 40% so far in the 2022 fiscal year, although it’s only at 61% of pre-pandemic levels, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said Monday.

About 60% of those trips are on buses, Metro said.

Challenges continue for Metrorail. In March, Metro said it won’t bring back its 7000-series railcars until at least the summer under the agency’s current restoration plan, WMATA’s general manager said Thursday.

Metro sidelined all 7000-series – which represent 60% of its fleet – after the derailment of a Metro train on the Blue Line near the Arlington Cemetery station on Oct. 12. One person was taken to a hospital, and nearly 200 riders had to walk through a dark tunnel for the equivalent of about six football fields to get to safety.

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