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Metro readies for winter storm; warns of delays

Metro officials warned Friday that the predicted snowstorm this weekend could lead to major detours and delays on bus routes throughout the region.

If the snowfall is as heavy as predicted, "more than likely a lot of buses will not be able to go to side streets and cul-de-sacs," said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. "The buses can only operate as far as the road conditions" allow.

The Capital Weather Gang's accumulation map shows that snow totals could exceed 14 inches in some areas of the region.

The rail system will operate on a regular Saturday schedule, but snow on the aboveground portions of the track could lead to some delays, Taubenkibel said.

Metro personnel are readying equipment for snow removal on platforms, outside train stations, and at garages. In addition, the transit agency will likely run empty trains throughout the night to keep the rails warm and prevent a buildup of ice or snow, officials said. Metro trains are equipped with deicing gear.

An estimated 275,000 to 300,000 people normally use the Metro rail system on Saturdays, Metro said.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Michael Bolden  |  December 18, 2009; 11:12 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  | Tags: Metrobus; Metro delays  
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