Statement from Executive Director Neil Albert on WMATA Staff Recommendation for Late-Night Service

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Washington, D.C.-- "The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) continues to support the restoration of late-night Metrorail service to the levels offered just prior to SafeTrack and views any reduction in service as a detriment to the economy of Downtown and the region.

“While WMATA requires additional hours to conduct overnight maintenance tasks, the current level of service remains unacceptable and could have a damaging effect on the viability of DowntownDC. Quality transit service at all hours of the day is critical to the economic success of DowntownDC.

"We must urge WMATA to effectively maintain the Metrorail system, improve the efficiency of track work, and restore high-quality transit service at all hours of the day–including late night service.”

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About the DowntownDC BID

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research to help diversify the economy and enhance the Downtown experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 buildings from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. As a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader, the DowntownDC BID promotes public/private partnerships to create a remarkable urban environment. For more information, visit DowntownDC.org or follow us on Twitter @downtowndcbid.