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Legislators & Transit Activists Join to Show Need for Late-Night Metro Trains

Press release issued September 30, 2016

Maryland Delegate Marc Korman, State Senator Susan Lee, and Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer joined members of the Action Committee for Transit on a Metro ride from Friendship Heights to Shady Grove to demonstrate the need for late-night train service. The group left Friendship Heights on the 10:46 Red Line train toward Shady Grove. Showing their support by sending staff members were County Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Tom Hucker, and George Leventhal and Delegate David Moon.

The transit advocates oppose Metro's proposal to permanently drop post-midnight Friday and Saturday night service (already temporarily suspended for Safetrack) and to close the train system at 10:00 pm on Sundays.

The issue of early Metro closings gained new prominence this afternoon with complaints from Washington Nationals ace pitcher Max Scherzer about early closings during the playoffs and World Series. Under the plan proposed by Metro, the rail system would close in future years even earlier than it does now during Safetrack repairs -- 10:00 pm on Sundays.

"If they close that early, even Trea Turner might miss the last train," commented Delegate Korman.