Metro extends hours for New Year's Eve and Day
Metro just announced its operating plan for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Metrorail will operate on a regular weekday schedule with a 2 a.m. closing on New Year's Eve and a modified Sunday schedule on New Year's Day with a 2 a.m. closing.
Metro staff had originally proposed the New Year's Day schedule with a midnight closing for the rail system. Ridership is always light on New Year's Day, even when it falls on a weekday. This year's New Year's Day ridership was 152,000.
But on Thursday, Metro board member Neil Alpert, who also serves as D.C. city administrator, objected to that plan and asked the staff to reconsider. He said the that because New Year's Day is a Friday night, many people would be out in the city's entertainment centers and looking for a ride home on Metro. The rail system does normally stay open till 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Staff did reconsider and came out with this plan.
New Year's Eve, Dec. 31
Metrorail will operate on a weekday schedule, opening at 5 a.m., and staying open two hours late, closing at 2 a.m. All trains will operate with six-cars. Metrobus will operate on a weekday schedule and will also operate until 2 a.m. to make sure rail and bus passengers catch their necessary connections. MetroAccess will operate normally.
New Year's Day, Jan. 1
Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at 2 a.m. All trains will operate with six cars. Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. MetroAccess will operate normally.
December 22, 2009; 5:37 PM ET
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