WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro is lowering its performance goals for trains and buses running on schedule and for the number of escalators in working order.

Under the new standards discussed Thursday at a Metro meeting, the goal for on-time train arrivals was lowered from 95 percent to 90 percent. The goal for bus arrivals was lowered from 80 percent to 78 percent.

For escalators, the goal was lowered from having 93 percent of escalators working to 89 percent.

Chief Performance Officer Andrea Burnside says train performance declined because the transit system is running trains manually.That takes more time.

Metro says unpredictable traffic on bus routes affects on-time performance.

Metro is increasing some performance goals for safety and crime.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles could get bonuses if he meets the new targets.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Monroe says:

    Get rid of the bus system in DC. Besides being slow, the pollute the air amd the drivers are very discourteous.

  2. williejoe says:

    Metro, Your tax dollars at work. You pay twice idiots. Once when you do your Federal return & again when you get onboard one of those s….t hole rolling thunder cans. Metro is the biggest minority hire jobs works programs in the country. Blacks only, all other need not apply although we will take your money, man!

  3. Raj says:

    Lowering standards?? Great-make an inefficient system worse and bonus if the GM meets lower standards–what a rip off-we riders pay more for this??Guess doingbetter is for others not the Metro or its Board members

    What a shame-improving transporatation in termsof convenience by providing non-stop trains for rush hour commuters from hubs to DC and restructuring the schedule will get more ridership and revenues.

    No wonder DC is inefficient, corrupt, shamelessly unapolegetic and cares a hoot about service

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