Metro is proposing permanently ending previously late night service (Friday and Saturday nights) even after the 10-month Safe Track is finished in March 2017. It also wants to close Sunday nights at 10 PM.
The Washington Post and WUSA-9 have a video on the concern over the affect on small businesses, especially bars and witnesses, whose workers could not afford Uber or Lyft and cab fares.
I haven’t been out “dancing” in DC since Pride weekend. I am told business is OK. But I had rarely taken the Metro after midnight in the past 18 months, and I haven’t driven in since about 2013. Solutions could include express bus lines along the Metro routes, circulator busses, and more 24-hour garages.
Encouraging driving is a dubious thing. In Rockville MD, a Hooters is surrendering its liquor license after one of its employees served an intoxicated person who then was convicted of manslaughter of a police officer by auto. The franchise store will close.
There is a certain hostility to night life, as licenses are difficult to replace. Businesses are also displaced by condo and office development. That’s part of the problem. It’s a big problem in a city too congested for driving and parking without enough public transportation.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, BART closes at midnight every night, but there are other busses and streetcars.