Monday, March 29, 2010

Speak up or walk

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Wards 7 and 8, it's time to speak up and be heard. WMATA is seeking public comments and proposals on how to close the $189 million dollar shortfall. The bus lines proposed for service changes or elimination East of the River are:
  • Elimination of entire route - A9, A31, A32, A33, M2, P2, S35, V5, X3
  • Restructure of service - 96, A4, P6, U4, U5, U8, V8, W2, W3, W6, W8
WMATA held a hearing on March 24th at St. Francis Xavier Church in Ward 7. My sources say that no Ward 8 people attended. There is one more hearing for public input. I highly recommend attending.

Thursday, April 1
Hearing No. 552
All Souls Unitarian Church, Pierce Hall
1500 Harvard Street, NW
Washington, DC
Hearing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with an open house at 6:30 p.m.

The complete public hearing docket with detailed information about proposals to balance the budget can be found at http://www.wmata.com/community_outreach/B10-2_landing/B10-2_landing.cfm

In addition to the hearings, Metro has created an online questionnaire to get public input about the budget options at www.wmata.com/survey.cfm. Written statements and exhibits may be sent to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, or e-mailed to public-hearing- testimony@wmata.com. Please reference the hearing number. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

Ms V's Secret
The proposed fare increases and changes in bus service are going to adversely impact those of us that live East of the River. One little known tool to ensure low-income and minorities are not adversely affected by service changes is the Service Equity Analysis (FTA Circular 4702.1A). Recipients of FTA funding "shall evaluate significant system-wide service and fare changes and proposed improvements at the planning and program stages to determine where those changes have a discriminatory impact" on low income and minority populations. WMATA is "required to" prepare one before their final decision.

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