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Delegate Mark Sickles’ Commends WMATA’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld on his Commitment to Safety and the Unprecedented Metro Shutdown

ALEXANDRIA, VA.  – Delegate Mark Sickles released the following statement after the Washington Metropolitan Area Metro Authority (WMATA) announced this afternoon that all Metrorail service would be suspended, starting midnight tonight for 29 hours.

“Today, Paul Wiedefeld has shown true leadership by taking this unprecedented step to shutdown Metro for safety purposes,” said Delegate Mark Sickles. “Although this move will undoubtedly cause considerable inconvenience for commuters across the DMV and many of my own constituents, it is exactly what any business faced with similar issues would do in the world we live in today. Only by talking a bold step like this can a clear commitment and message be sent that safety is a paramount concern at Metrorail. I ask that employers and commuters be patient as WMATA takes this initiative.”

“Metro is the backbone of the DMV transit system and once the envy of cities across the country. While there is significant rehabilitation underway, the aging system is fully taxed during a typical rush hour. As a regular rider, I have personally experienced my own frustrations about service declines,” said Delegate Mark Sickles. “Metro has its challenges today with more to come tomorrow. Yesterday’s cable fire at McPherson Square is a sharp reminder that we must continue to invest in the Metro system. I look forward to working with our new General Manager to return Metro to its past level of performance.”

Delegate Mark Sickles is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.