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Possible changes on the way for Metro Transit Green Line

May 07, 2019 08:12 PM

Metro Transit wants to get rid of overnight service on the Green Line light rail trains.

The proposed change would stop green line trains from running between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on certain weekdays. 24-hour service on the weekends would still continue.

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Metro Transit says they want to cut out 24-hour service Monday through Thursday simply because of maintenance reasons.

"There are some regular maintenance issues that are being done while trains are in service. And you can imagine when a train is in service you have workers standing there... you also have to watch out if there's a train coming, what's going on. So there are some safety things we're addressing," Howie Padilla of Metro Transit said.

Homeless advocate Monica Nilsson calls the proposal a bad idea.

"I understand that the train is not shelter but this is how desperate the situation is. That the best alternative up to 300 people a night are finding is to shelter on the train," she said. 

Some riders say they understand the need for downtime on the Green Line.


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"On one hand, I think it would be smart because then they would be able to get done cleaning... Like in Boston, they stop their trains at 1 a.m. or something like that. That way, everything is clean... But on the other hand it's hurting those homeless people," Rebecca Atherton said.

Nilsson says the legislature has two weeks to decide whether there will be an increase in funding for emergency services and shelters, which could help the situation.

According to Metro Transit the change it could take effect by August.

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