Price Benowitz LLP Calls for Washington Transit Authority to Fix Metro System

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Massive Metro Transit Authority delays threatens to impact existing backlog for justice system and Washington D.C. law firm’s business functions.

Metro Red Line riders have been hit repeatedly within the past week with severe delays of 40 minutes or more due to disabled trains and hazardous conditions on tracks, leaving Washington D.C. employees, including the staff at Price Benowitz LLP, struggling to get to work.

Two such incidents occurred this week, and another from the previous week, along with a reduced number of trains running Monday. The combination created serious problems for a number of D.C. businesses, including the firm. While some may consider Washington synonymous with gridlock those of us in the professional world, and particularly the legal world, know lost time can result in serious consequences for ourselves and, more importantly, for our clients.

“Fortunately the majority of our clients live and work in the D.C. metro area and they understand that these things do occasionally happen,” Price Benowitz Firm Administrator Andy Sampson said Friday. “That being said, just because Metro service comes to a standstill our business, and the needs of our clients, does not stop.”

The latest Red Line snafu came just one day after an apology from Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles was posted on WMATA’s website. In the apology, Sarles stated, “I know that service on the Red Line has not been good over the past several days. Be assured, we are focused on these issues and are taking steps to improve service.” Sarles also said, “We will have more information about this morning’s service posted here later today, and I will tell you about changes we are making to address this situation.”
So far no information regarding the promised changes has appeared, which has left the Price Benowitz staff, and their clients, joining a growing mass of Metro commuters looking for alternative transportation.

Price Benowitz Attorney Peter Biberstein said of the most recent stoppage, “I’m glad it happened Thursday and not today, when I have an 8:30 a.m. hearing, or I would be sitting on the train platform instead of appearing before a judge. A failure to appear is not a good thing.” Biberstein added, “After experiencing this two days in a row I will be catching a cab or taking a long 45 minute walk to the courthouse.”

Given the steep costs such delays have inflicted on local businesses, public services, and other crucial endeavors, the firm is calling on the transit authority to not only outline the solutions, as promised Wednesday, but to produce positive results.

Price Benowtiz LLP is a Washington D.C.-based law firm with offices in Maryland and Virginia. Please visit our Price Benowitz Law website or our Criminal Law DC site for more information.

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