Dunn Loring/Merrifield Metro Station not slated to close in Metro’s proposed budget cuts
GMBA is relieved to see that the Dunn Loring/Merrifield Metro Station escaped being one of the 19 stations WMATA plans to close. The WMATA subway system is facing huge budget deficits due to ridership being down and extra cleaning expenses related to Covid. The precautions Metro implemented, designed to keep the cars as clean and germfree as possible, have added significantly to the budget woes.
The proposed changes, (19 stations closing and no weekend service) are slated to take place in July of 2021, sadly coinciding with projections of when a Covid vaccine may be available to the general public.
WMATA proposes closing four Virginia stations, including McLean, Virginia Square, Arlington Cemetery and East Falls Church. WMATA needs a rescue plan of $500 million dollars from the Federal Government to close the budget gap.
Closing the Dunn Loring/Merrifield station would have had a huge impact on the retail and restaurants on Prosperity and Avenir Place, businesses that are already reeling from Covid.
Below is a link giving additional details and listing all of the 19 proposed station closings.