Holiday Station Closures To Become Common | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Holiday Station Closures To Become Common

Play associated audio
Metro's CFO mentioned some station's names could go up for corporate bidding.
David Schultz
Metro's CFO mentioned some station's names could go up for corporate bidding.

The Foggy Bottom Metro station will be closed throughout next week's Martin Luther King holiday weekend for major track work. These kinds of station closures are going to become more and more common.

Metro has started a new "holiday tradition": any time a federal holiday creates a three day weekend, it closes down one or more stations for maintenance.

Jim Hughes, Metro's director of planning, says by shutting down a station, Metro can accomplish in one weekend what would otherwise require six or seven weekends of single-tracking.

"We have a lot of track work to do and we're catching up on a lot of safety improvements," Hughes says. "We're probably going to use every three-day weekend that we can."

Hughes says, on average, Metro ridership on federal holidays is less than half of what it normally is. But he acknowledges the closures inconvenience people, especially next weekend's closure, which comes during the dead of winter.

Hughes' advice to riders who will have to take a shuttle bus instead of a train: bundle up.

NPR

CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.
NPR

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.
NPR

CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.
NPR

As Police Body Cameras Increase, What About All That Video?

Police cams have suddenly become a big business. But the real money is in selling departments a way to store each day's video. Firms are offering easy uploads to the cloud but costs are bound to grow.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.