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DC Metro board to vote on suspending late-night subway service

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is seen in his office with a map of the subway system on the conference table beneath his hands, in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is seen in his office with a map of the subway system on the conference table beneath his hands, in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro’s board of directors is set to vote on whether to suspend late-night service on the beleaguered subway system for at least two more years.

Metro used to stay open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s been closing earlier since starting a nine-month maintenance blitz in June. General manager Paul Wiedefeld has argued that shorter operating hours are necessary to keep the system in good repair.

The debate over the late-night hours has exposed rifts in the board, which includes appointees from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and the federal government. The District’s appointees have argued that Metro should continue closing early for just one year, arguing the later hours are important to the city’s economy and workers.

The board meets Thursday to discuss the hours.

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