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Metro has planned to cut night service on two Southeast bus lines, although the agency reversed course on that plan earlier this week.
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Metro has planned to cut night service on two Southeast bus lines, although the agency reversed course on that plan earlier this week.

Metro has scrapped plans to discontinue bus service after 8 p.m. along the W6 and W8 Metrobus routes — two bus lines that serve high-crime areas of Southeast D.C. Officials from WMATA announced their change of plans Monday afternoon, according to the Washington Post.

The agency wanted to do away with evening service on the two bus lines because it says the buses are attacked by rocks, bottles and other missiles at least twice a week, leading to driver and passenger injuries. 

But D.C. leaders, including the mayor, criticized the proposed cuts, saying the bus routes were one of the few reliable evening transportation modes for many Southeast residents. D.C. Police and Metro Transit Police have promised to beef up security by redeploying resources along those bus lines, the Post reports.

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