Metro eyes earlier weekend closing…again

Another year, another round of budget problems for Metro. And, another attempt to curtail everyone’s favorite drinking accessory: The late-night Metro ride. From The Post:

One possible solution floated at board committee hearings today? Closing the system at midnight instead of 3 a.m. on weekends, which would give mechanics time to work on equipment during off hours, as well as save money.

Metro deputy Dave Kubicek said if Metro closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday instead of at 3 a.m. it could gain the equivalent of 45 days a year for track work, the Post’s Ann Scott Tyson reports.

How much tax revenue would bars lose? How much would drunken driving increase? How many people would get utterly frustrated with the system and use it less and less, even in non-late night situations? How many people under the age of 40 are in charge of the decision-making process?

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