- The Washington Times - Monday, May 16, 2011

Metro officials are hosting town-hall meetings in the District, Maryland and Virginia this week to discuss possible cuts to bus and rail service.

Meetings Tuesday will be held at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church Fellowship Hall in Northwest Washington and at the George Washington Middle School auditorium in Alexandria. Those were to follow a meeting scheduled for Monday night in Hyattsville.

Wednesday’s meetings are scheduled for the First Baptist Church of Wheaton in Wheaton and the Arlington County Board headquarters. The final public hearing will be Thursday at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church’s John H. Kearney Sr. Fellowship Hall in Southeast Washington.

The events begin with a 5:30 p.m. open house, followed by a 6 p.m. town-hall meeting and a 6:45 p.m. public hearing.

Metro’s board of directors has proposed weekend service changes that would save the agency $6 million but draw out wait times from 12 minutes to 18 minutes on Saturdays and from 15 minutes to 20 minutes on Sundays. The wait for trains after 9:30 p.m. on both days would be 25 minutes.

The board has also proposed eliminating some bus lines with low ridership to save about $1.1 million annually and eliminating the Anacostia fare buy-down.

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