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Metro’s board is set to look at some proposed new rail-service criteria this afternoon, that look, at first glance, to set the agency’s bar very low. As first tagged by Unsuck DC Metro and expanded on at Greater Greater Washington, the criteria would set a maximum wait time between trains at 30 minutes on nonpeak hours and a whopping 15 minutes during peak hours.
Miss a train on your way to work? The service criteria seem to suggest a 15 minute wait for the next one.
But not so, says Metro spokesperson Caroline Lukas. “From the sound of it, Metro was degrading service,” she says. “But actually, it’s the opposite.”
The transit agency has never adopted service criteria for train times before, according to Lukas. Adopting the criteria wouldn’t mean that the agency would decide to only run trains 15 minutes apart during rush hour, just that that would be the minimum.
“Officially, this is what we’re striving for,” she says.
Lukas declined to comment more on the criteria until they’re presented to the board, so it’s hard to know whether this proposal would be as disastrous as it portends. Still, when was the last time Metro overperformed?