By: Allan M. Siegel
In the last several weeks, Metro has shut down various parts – and
sometimes all – of its rail system, in order to perform necessary
and long-delayed maintenance and avoid more dangerous accidents. Most
recently, Metro has announced that the agency may permanently stop offering
rail service after midnight on weekends.
The reduced services by Metro have spurred greater use of the roads, sometimes
in innovative ways. For example, on March 16, 2016, when Metro took the
unprecedented step of shutting down the entire rail system for a day,
use of the D.C. Capital Bike Share soared. “Via,” a ride-sharing
service like Uber and Lyft, has recently entered the D.C. market for the
first time, beginning by serving customers along the Metro red line, which
is currently under maintenance. And Uber has recently begun selling passes
to encourage customers to use its carpooling system.
While Metro conducts necessary maintenance, it cannot serve as many customers
as before. In the meantime, the side effect will be more
bicyclists and drivers, which unfortunately may increase collisions on the roads.
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