POLL: Are Transit Rail Issues Changing Your Commute?

By Thai Phi Le

May 4, 2016

Crowded Metro

Metro's Red Line is single tracking all morning. Fire in the Rosslyn tunnel. Delays, long waits, and packed platforms continue to plague the Metro system in the Washington metropolitan area. In March, in an unprecedented move, all lines were shut down for a full day of repairs. Despite the maintenance, talks about closing entire lines for long periods of time to fix the aging system continue to rumble faster than the trains are actually coming.

The D.C. area is not the only one with a crumbling public transportation infrastructure. In New York City, crowds are smashed onto the platform and often are forced to wait as a few packed trains go by and as subway ridership grows to levels not seen since 1948. The London Underground faces similar overcrowding issues. The problem was such a concern that mayoral candidates on the campaign trail emphasized potential solutions to alleviate the challenges before the elections in May.

In the report "Road to Growth: The Case for Investing in America's Infrastructure," released by the Business Roundtable in September 2015, only 25 percent of the transit rails in the United States were rated "good" or "excellent." The older transit systems are reaching their breaking points, as are its riders, with many commuters finding alternative ways to work.

With less reliable public transit rails, have you changed your commuting routine? Take our poll.

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