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Metrorail Operating Normal Schedule

The schedule change for transit today had to do with Metrobuses, not Metrorail.

So far this morning, there are no significant delays on the trains. Metrorail is operating on its normal peak period schedule. (Check here for Metro's service advisories.)

Why no more trains or extra cars, given that we're all advising commuters to take transit rather than drive through the Pentagon area congestion this morning?

Metro can't add any capacity to the six-car trains it already operates during peak service on the Blue and Yellow lines, says transit authority spokesman Steven Taubenkibel.

Extra cars and trains draw more juice from the third rail. As Metro adds to its 830-car fleet, it is working on upgrading the power system along the lines so they can handle the added draw of additional cars.

The big change today was the switch of all Metrobuses that normally use the Pentagon Transit Center over to the Pentagon City Metro station. Staff writer Mark Berman reports that as of 7:30 a.m., there's no crowding at the bus stops around that station. Bus operations appear to be going smoothly.

Berman, standing on South Hayes Street, says the line of buses goes farther back than normal and there's a steady stream of them, but it's not really congested or chaotic.

He checked the Metrorail platform too. Things are going smoothly, but a Metro employee in the station told him that it's about twice as crowded as it normally would be around 7:30. He counseled patience as the morning commute progresses, and suggested that riders might want to get on or off at Crystal City or Reagan National Airport stations, if they have that option.

Metro supervisors are out on the street and are answering questions from riders about today's bus service.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 11, 2008; 7:03 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
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