Washington, D.C.'s Transit Improvements Are Driving Some Commuters Away

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Passengers wait on the platform before boarding a train at the U Street Metro Station in Washington, D.C. on March 12, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Public transit riders across the country are facing major disruptions. Nationwide, there’s an estimated $86 billion maintenance backlog. Recently, Washington, D.C’s Metro system embarked on an extensive series of rolling service shutdowns, in an effort to catch up, but commuters are grumbling at the inconvenience.

Jacob Fenston of Here & Now contributor WAMU reports on whether those shutdowns could lead commuters to permanently change their travel habits.

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Jacob Fenston, senior news editor for special projects at WAMU. He tweets @JacobFenston.

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