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Metro Holds Public Hearing On Spending Improvement Funds

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Metro riders will have the chance Monday afternoon to share how funding should be spent to make improvements to Metro.
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Metro riders will have the chance Monday afternoon to share how funding should be spent to make improvements to Metro.

Metro officials were seeking input from the public on how to spend more than $850 million on new projects to repair and update bus and rail services.

One of the people who spoke at the meeting was a resident of Arlington, Va., who says $851 million is a lot of money for very little improvement to the overall system that he can see.

Most importantly, he says, he sees no increase in capacity over the coming years.

A metro spokesperson says passengers have expressed specific concerns lately about escalator safety and maintenance, and Metro will spend $141 million over the next six years on escalator improvements, but just $18 million on those improvements are proposed for the next fiscal year.

Metro rider David Witherspoon did not attend the public hearing, but is concerned about escalators.

"They really need to get up on the maintenance of these escalators," says Metro rider David Witherspoon.

Witherspoon takes the bus to the Tenleytown Metro Station every morning.

"I go to some stations and I have to walk up. I have a very bad back," he says.

As part of its 2012 Capital Improvement Program, Metro will focus on rehabilitating old buses and garages.

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