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Posted at 5:13 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Buses to shut down by about 9pm

By Luke Rosiak

7:25 p.m.: Metrobuses will be pulled out of service starting at about 9:30 tonight. Bus operators will complete the bus routes that they are running before returning to bus garages. Metro will be watching the weather and will make a determination about resuming service in the morning.

Most other local bus services are planning to start to pull their buses off the streets at 9 p.m. tonight, including Alexandria's DASH, Arlington's ART, Fairfax Connector, DC Circulator, PRTC, Fairfax City CUE, and Montgomery County's RIDE ON.

MetroAccess is providing only return service, no new trips.

Earlier: Metrobuses are running on emergency routes only, which means they will avoid side streets, operating only on major thoroughfares, due to icy conditions.

They'll also likely be running behind schedule. As a result, there could be a backup, with buses too full to board, especially if you're boarding in the middle of a bus's route, or outside of downtown.

Lines are also developing at some highly-used bus stops. At West Falls Church, those lines are numbering in the hundreds of people, making catching a bus all but futile.

The Circulator says some of its buses are also stuck at Union Station.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 26, 2011; 5:13 PM ET
 
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At least some buses stopped running long before 9:30 pm. I waited for a bus at the Glenmont Metro station from 7 pm to 9:15 pm. None appeared (except for one packed bus going to Olney). I gave up then and caught a train back to my office in DC. Dozens of people were still stranded, including an elderly woman with a cane. I hope they managed to get home.

Posted by: jrichard1 | January 26, 2011 11:55 PM | Report abuse

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