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May 11, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Metro Operations May Not be Back to Normal Until Spring 2021

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority released its multi-phased COVID-19 recovery plan Monday, indicating it may not return to its normal operations until Spring 2021. On Saturday, Paul Wiedefeld, general manager and CEO of WMATA, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post, saying, “Until a vaccine is available, our customer experience can’t be what it was […]

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March 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Metro Elevates Coronavirus Response to Phase 2 After Maryland Cases Confirmed

The Washington, D.C. Metro elevated its coronavirus response to Phase 2 on Friday, one day after the first three cases were confirmed in Montgomery County, Maryland and Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency. On Sunday, Hogan announced two more cases, one in Montgomery County and another in Harford County. Metro has four response […]

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January 25, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

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. In light of this afternoon's White House announcement that the Federal Government will […]

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July 14, 2017 | Staff Writer

Wiedefeld Says Metro’s Track Department Supervisor Was Dismissed for Overtime Abuse

A Metro track department supervisor was dismissed for abuse of overtime, and others are under administrative review, according to Paul Wiedefeld, WMATA’s general manager. “It is disturbing and disappointing that any employee would misuse overtime. The supervisor in this matter has been dismissed effective immediately,” said Wiedefeld. “As stewards of the public’s trust, all of […]

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June 27, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Wiedefeld Addresses Arcing Insulators on the Red Line at Briefing with County Council (VIDEO)

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld was in Rockville on Tuesday to present his plan to the Montgomery County Council for continuous improvement to the Metrorail system now that the Safe Track program is completed. During the briefing, Wiedefeld was asked about continuing issues with arcing insulators on the Red Line. “That has been an issue […]

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June 15, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Officials Remind Commuters That SafeTrack Closures Start Saturday (VIDEO)

Starting Saturday, people who rely on the Shady Grove and Rockville Metro stations will need to find alternative methods to get around as SafeTrack 16 closes those two stations for nine days. County and Metro officials highlighted alternatives Thursday at a news conference at the Twinbrook Metro Station. Metro crews worked on the stations during SafeTrack […]

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May 1, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Transportation Issues Dominate Berliner’s News Briefing (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner met with reporters on Monday morning for his weekly briefing about local issues and the Council’s upcoming agenda. “Today is the first day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, it is the month of May, and tomorrow we will be having a special session that really recognizes how […]

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April 24, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Van Hollen: “We Want to Make Sure That WMATA is a Success” (VIDEO)

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld recently released his financial plan to keep the Metrorail “safe, reliable and affordable.” “I am still taking a look at that plan,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen, one day after the plan was made public. “He and I are actually in the process of trading phone calls. We want to […]

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March 23, 2017 | Staff Writer

Metro Completes Escalator Project at Bethesda Station

Metro placed the third of three escalators into service Wednesday, culminating a replacement project at the Bethesda station. The escalator is 106 feet tall — the equivalent of a 10-story building — making it the second longest in the Western Hemisphere. The Wheaton Metro Station sits at No. 1. Metro has spent $8 million over […]

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February 27, 2017 | Staff Writer

Metro’s General Manager Releases Statement about Threatened Labor Action

Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld has released the following statement regarding a threatened labor action directed by ATU Local 689: “Metro is aware of a potentially unlawful and disruptive labor action threatened by the leadership of ATU Local 689. I want our riders to know we will do everything we can to minimize […]

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