Advocate for our White Flint Metro Station by 9:00 am, Monday, February 6th!

Metro wants feedback on its proposed FY2018 Operating Budget, the Capital Improvement Plan and Federal Grant Applications. One of the easiest ways to advocate for our White Flint station is by taking their survey. Metro has proposed reducing service to White Flint metro, increasing headways during rush hour to eight minutes and during non-rush hour to fifteen minutes. The budget also continues the current practice of ending every other train at Grosvenor. In fact, it is proposed that on weekends, White Flint will see a train only every thirty minutes! In addition, Metro is considering fare increases.

You can take the survey and provide comments by clicking here: Here are some talking points you can use, but as much as you can, please use your own words and style when you write your comment.

Drastic service cutbacks could all too easily launch both a Metro death spiral and a subsequent Pike District death spiral.Metro enables workers to reach their jobs at the North Bethesda Marriott, NRC, and dozens of other offices and businesses.  It is the reason thousands of people will choose to lease the new apartments being built at Pike and Rose, the Gables, North Bethesda Center, East Village, and Saul Centers and is reflected in the Pike District property values.  It is an essential amenity that attracts businesses to the Pike District and is the foundation of the Pike District economy.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in this area by dozens of property owners and by Montgomery County, and significant additional investment is planned over the next twenty years.

A central tenet of the Pike District/White Flint redevelopment is easy access to transit, primarily Metrorail. In fact, the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan has a non-auto driver mode share (NADMS) requirement of 51% for residents and 50% for employees, which can’t be achieved without Metro.

Transit-oriented development requires frequent, reliable transit. Service reduction to the White Flint metro station are unacceptable.

All red line trains should go to Shady Grove rather than ending every other train at Grosvenor. Weekend headways of thirty minutes are untenable.

Advocate for our metro station. Take the survey and/or comment by February 6th!

There will also be metro personnel to take your comments in person at White Flint station Thursday, January 26 from 6:00AM to 10:00AM and at Grosvenor station Thursday, January 26 from 3:30PM to 7:30PM

8 minutes between Metro trains at rush hour?! And 15 minutes during non-peak times?!

You may have seen articles in the media about the just released proposed WMATA budget. If not, here are a couple of links to bring you up-to-date.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/11/01/heres-what-the-metrorail-budget-would-mean-line-by-line/

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/34036/metros-latest-budget-proposal-includes-huge-cuts-to-rail-and-bus-service/

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2016/10/31/reality-check-metros-proposed-budget-will-slash.html

http://wtop.com/tracking-metro-24-7/2016/10/whats-behind-metros-fare-hike-service-cut-proposals/slide/1/

Unfortunately, the proposed budget, if passed, means very long gaps between trains at White Flint.  During peak hours, trains will come every 8 minutes.  (Currently, the goal is a train at White Flint every 6 minutes during rush hour.)  During non-peak hours, trains would come every 15 minutes.  (Currently, the non-peak goal is a train every  6 to 18  minutes depending on the time of day.)

Stay tuned for more information on this issue as well as ways you can provide your opinion to WMATA on these service cuts.