Update: Metro Cancels Emergency Vote on Free Rides for Furloughed Workers

Update (Jan. 25, 3 p.m.):

WMATA announced on twitter that the board has canceled its scheduled emergency vote that would offer free metro rides to furloughed workers.

The announcement comes after President Trump agreed to temporarily re-open the government until Feb. 15.

Original Post (Jan. 24):

Metro Considers Free Rides for Furloughed Workers Starting Monday

Several reports (first reported by WAMU’s Tom Sherwood) say that WMATA is considering free metro rides for furloughed federal workers beginning on Monday.

According to Sherwood, WMATA board will hold an emergency vote on this measure Friday at 3 p.m.

This consideration comes after Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday he’s been urging Metro to waive fees for furloughed workers (he also announced that MTA is waiving its fees for government workers who have to report to work without pay).

The vote also will happen a week after Paul Wiedefeld, the general manager and CEO of WMATA, told Democratic senators that the shutdown is causing Metro to lose $400,000 every day.

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.


One Response to “Update: Metro Cancels Emergency Vote on Free Rides for Furloughed Workers”

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    On January 25, 2019 at 8:58 am responded with... #

    What about parking? that’s like $5 per day

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