WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro’s general manager is proposing that the Washington-area subway system should close at midnight on a permanent basis to allow for ongoing maintenance.

Metro suspended late-night service in May before it launched its ongoing nine-month maintenance surge. The system had been open until 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. It’s now closing at midnight every night.

General manager Paul Wiedefeld is also proposing that Metro close even earlier on Sunday nights — at 10 p.m. Metro said in a statement Tuesday that Wiedefeld consulted with other transit agencies and rail engineering consultants before proposing the new schedule.

Metro’s board of directors will have to approve the proposal, which Wiedefeld will present at Thursday’s board meeting.

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