Metro cancels weekend track work
Anticipating the snow storm, Metro has canceled all weekend track maintenance work scheduled for the Red and Blue lines.
That's a good move for the sake of the track workers and also the riders, who probably will be delayed enough getting around on Saturday. Also, it might provide some with an extra incentive not to travel by car -- not that they should need an extra incentive, given the forecast.
Metro plans to operate trains and buses on a regular Saturday schedule. The rail system will open at 7 a.m. Saturday and closing at 3 o'clock Sunday morning.
If the snow reaches eight inches, Metro may suspend above ground rail service and serve underground stations only. Metrobus and MetroAccess services are more vulnerable to the weather. There almost certainly will be detours and delays if the current forecast holds.
Remember that the trains are all pulling to the head of the platform. That means that at many outdoor stations, the first couple of cars will stop well out beyond the canopy. Don't run. Those platform tiles can be very slippery.
December 18, 2009; 3:46 PM ET
Categories: Metro , Weather | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, MetroAccess, Metrobus, Metrorail
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