• Petitioned Washington Metro Area Transit Authority

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Washington Metro Area Transit Authority

Give commuters on the Red Line a free ride for 1 day

    1. Jennifer Stark
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Stark

      Washington, DC

Because metro riders in the DC Metro area have been taken for granted for so long (unexplained delays, broken escalators, little information at stations when something occurs, etc.) that we need collective action! If Arab Spring could bring dictators to their knees - surely thousands of well informed folks from all parts of the DC Metro area can make Metro listen and treat riders with respect and come up with innovative ways to address these challenges.

The commute on Thursday morning, Jan 26 was a nightmare because of a track malfunction at Tenleytown. My husband and I work and we have a 22 month old. We save $ by not having a car so commuting is how we get around. I needed to get downtown from Van Ness to Farragut Square to get to work- there was no info on when or if ever the metro was coming, no info as I was heading into the station that Metro was a mess, buses where infrequent on Conn Ave and packed - and the dozens of cabs that passed me by had passengers - although that's not a budget friendly option for working parents anyway.

So give us 1 day free on our Red Line commutes.  Make it a business day.  Make it a way to show that WMATA apologizes for the delays, for the lack of communication and will hold themselves accountable for when things fail.  A good faith effort to show WMATA is really listening.  Not just shrugging shoulders and saying "tough cookies, it happens."

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Jason Miller BATTLE CREEK, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      I was stuck in this mess and ended up being VERY late to work.

    • Pamela Perry WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Even though I was teleworking yesterday, I'm signing anyway, because I don't drive and have no option besides Metro. Every weekend for months now, different sections of the Red Line have been single-tracked for "track maintenance", including the section where the track broke yesterday. So what was Metro doing during all that track maintenance? And they still want fare increases?! Metro is now so unreliable that sometimes even walking is faster.

    • Jason McCool SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Too many time-sucking delays, especially on weekends, not enough connection with the community to explain the whys and hows. If WMATA has the right to provide minimal service, then we as consumers should demand the right to not have to pay full price.

    • Stuart Weiser WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been commuting with Metro for 13 years, and over the last several, service has steadily deteriorated, and it appears it will continue to do so. Metro needs to get their act together NOW, and convince us, its customers, that it really cares about improving and improving quickly.

    • J A Fisher WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's time WMATA did something for us instead of the other way around.


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