Attend a Forum on Metro Sept. 20 Featuring Paul Wiedefeld, Neil Albert

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

By DowntownDC

Attend a public forum Sept. 20 with Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld and a panel of experts including DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) President and Executive Director Neil O. Albert and receive firsthand updates on Metro.

This free forum, "Metro in the Public Eye," will include a progress update from Wiedefeld on Metro's SafeTrack maintenance program and other initiatives that impact Metro. Find out what progress has been made on Metro and what the future holds for this major transportation system in our region. Attendees will have an opportunity to pose questions to Wiedefeld and panelist participants. 

The panel will include Albert, Coalition for Smarter Growth Executive Director Stewart Schwartz, Georgetown University's Urban and Regional Planning Program Executive Director Uwe Brandes (who will serve as moderator) and an invite has been extended to the Washington Post's "Dr. Gridlock" Robert Thomson. 

RSVP today at for the event, which will be held from 6-8pm at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies (640 Massachusetts Avenue NW).

The DowntownDC BID has been working to keep stakeholders informed about impacts related to Metro's SafeTrack maintenance program and to provide resources to interested parties. In an interview with the Washington City Paper, Albert expressed that “We are pushing back on Metro’s plan because it doesn’t really address people who need it most, people who are working low-paying jobs in the service industry.” Additionally, Albert recently teamed up with Greater Greater Washington's David Alpert to pen an op-ed for The Washington Post in opposition to the permanent end of late-night weekend Metrorail service.

[Click here to read the story, "Doors Aren’t Closing Just Yet on Late-Night Metro Service."]

[Click here to read the op-ed, "Ending Metro's late-night service is a bad deal for D.C. and the region."]

The Sept. 20 Metro forum is the first in a two-part event series by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which will host an upcoming event on Metro funding.

These events are part of the Coalition for Smarter Growth's Walking Tours & Forums Series, made possible by the National Association of Realtors, as well as part of Georgetown University's fall event series.