And to be clear, I don’t mean Wor-Shing-Tun, but the District of Columbia. Last week, D.C.’s Mayor Bowser started a petition to demand that D.C. Metro reinstate late night service (the petition is here). What this demonstrates, once again, is that the political leadership of D.C. is still stuck in a time warp, in which business priorities are paramount, and residents’ needs are ignored.
I’m fully supportive of businesses’ (mostly restaurants and bars) workers having easier late night commutes. But if Mayor Bowser et alia really are interested in Vision Zero (preventing automobile-caused deaths) and meaningfully making housing more affordable–both of which mean building more housing near Metro stations–they also need to focus on weekend service for people who live here. If residents need a car to get around on the weekend, and the de facto SafeTrack repairs that have been happening since May 2014 have really made weekend service bad, then it becomes more expensive to build housing and we have more cars on our roads.
Yes, the work commutes are important. But about half of the ridership drop off has been due to massive declines in weekend service. Not just late night service, but daytime service: if it takes you an hour to get somewhere (each way) due to trains being run only every 24 minutes (if you’re lucky and they stick to that schedule), it’s not really convenient.
So it’s good that D.C. is demanding better service, but make it better on the weekends too. Your voters might appreciate that.