Thousands of riders take the Blue Line to and from work every day, but in August 2014, Metro cut their service to have just one train every 12 minutes. This caused major inconveniences for the many people who rely on the Metro for their daily commute, while only providing minimal additional benefits to other riders in the system. After this change the Blue Line is the only line in the DC Metro system without enhanced rush hour service. It also has among the least frequent rush hour service of any subway line in the country. 

Metro states that these cuts were necessary to prevent overcrowding on the Orange and Silver Line, given limited space in the Rosslyn Tunnel. However, in the first year since those cuts, Metro's own data indicates that the Blue Line is 20% more crowded than any other line in the system during the afternoon rush hour and has exceeded WMATA's acceptable crowding standards every month in the past year. 

Recognizing that the service cuts are not necessary and inconvenience many riders, we request that Metro respect the needs of the many Blue Line riders and reverse these service cuts.

Letter to
WMATA Board of Directors
WMATA Customer Service Staff
General Manager Mr. Paul Weidefeld
As one of the thousands of riders who rely on regular Blue Line service during rush hour, I strongly oppose Metro's recent cut in Blue Line service to just one train every 12 minutes. This has result in overcrowding on the Blue Line and will inconveniences for the many people who rely on the Metro for their daily commute. Although Metro states that these cuts were needed to prevent overcrowding on other lines, that concern has not come to fruition so the cuts provide only minimal additional benefits to other riders in the system. After this change the Blue Line is the only line in the DC Metro system without enhanced rush hour service. Additionally, it is now among the least frequent subway trains in the country during rush hour. This is inconsistent with the otherwise frequent rush hour service provided by WMATA to DC commuters on other lines.

Metro states that these cuts were necessary to prevent overcrowding on the Orange and Silver Line, given limited space in the Rosslyn Tunnel. However, in the first year since those cuts, Metro's own data indicates that the Blue Line is 20% more crowded than any other line in the system during the afternoon rush hour and has exceeded WMATA's acceptable crowding standards every month in the past year.

Recognizing the hardship that these cuts have on the many Blue Line riders, I request that Metro act to reverse these service cuts.

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