Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Metro Chairman Evans says no plans for separate cars for hate group

Metro Chairman Evans says no plans for separate cars for hate group

Metro is no longer considering running separate trains for protesters participating in the August 12 "Unite the Right" white nationalists rally in the District, the transit agency's board chairman said Saturday.

One day after causing a stir with its largest union, Metro is tracking back on the idea of separate trains for white nationalists attending a rally.

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans had previously said that running a separate train was among options being weighed by officials.

"Metro will not be providing a special train or special vehicle for anyone next Sunday", Evans said.

"Unite the Right" demonstrators plan to use the Metro rail system from the Vienna, Virginia, station to Foggy Bottom in downtown Washington.

"Local 689 is proud to provide transit to everyone for the many events we have in D.C. including the March of Life, the Women's March and Black Lives Matters", ATU Local 689 president Jackie Jeter said in the statement. "But for some reason, we need a chartered train for this group which very frankly is a hate group, and that is a problem in itself".

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The proposed plan received pushback over the weekend from members of the Amalgamated Transit Union, who said in a statement that they would not "make these unprecedented special accommodations for a hate group".

The violent Charlottesville protest became fatal when a protester drove a vehicle into a group of counterprotesters, killing local resident Heather Heyer and injuring more than a dozen others. "We're just trying to come up with potential solutions on how to keep everybody safe".

The "Unite the Right" rally is set to take place in Lafayette Square on August 12 and is defined as a "white civil rights" rally with the objective of "protesting civil rights abuse in Charlottesville".

In reference to the union's statement, Evans told NBC Washington that he did not know where the union got that information and that he has never been part of any discussion that considered separate cars or trains.

The rally will take place on the anniversary of the Charlottesville protests.

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