Metro board passes budget to end Silver Spring turnbacks

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Metro is making changes for commuters who ride the train – after The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority voted to end turn backs in Silver Spring.

Since 1984 – Metro commuters traveling north on the Red Line – would have to get off at Silver Spring station and wait to continue their commute toward Glenmont.

“They pay full fare – they don’t get a discount but they only get half the service and they have to wait twice as long on a platform no matter how cold it is that day,” said Tom Hucker, Montgomery County Councilmember.

The Metro board passed a budget that will allow all trains to continue without stopping, some riders say turn backs are frustrating.

“It was ridiculous, very very cold – you would have to stand outside,” said Kareem Stewart, commuter.

Just like Kareem, thousands of riders would now get better service.

“Normally you have to wait 10, 15, 30, minutes, late to school, late to work, I think that’s a good idea,” said Maurice Jones, commuter.

Councilman Hucker said last year commuters put pressure on the metro board to end turn backs – turn backs ended in North Bethesda and finally Silver Spring.

“The more riders the system has, the healthier the system is, the better it is for the environment and the more sustainable the system is financially,” said Hucker.

Officials say the budget will also go toward improvements adding eight car trains instead of six.

All northbound Red Line trains will travel nonstop starting this July.

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