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Metro to open with normal rail service

All 86 Metrorail stations will provide service Monday morning, according to a statement from the transit agency.

"The good news is that our trains, buses and paratransit service are all back in business," said General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. in a statement.

Officials planned to run six-car trains throughout most of the system, due to reduced demand because of the closing of the federal government after the weekend's record snowstorm. Metro said federal employees typically account for up to 40 percent of rush-hour riders.

The agency said it did not expect staffing to be an issue as it was Sunday when more than 200 bus operators, train operators and station managers either called in sick or reported that they could not get to work because of the snow.

Metro bus service will function much better than it did Sunday, officials said, when it was mostly limited to snow emergency routes. Bus service was suspended Sunday night due to icy conditions. Officials said passengers should expect the bus service to operate with delays.

All but two bus routes will be operating in the District, Metro said. Routes that will not be served due to conditions are routes 60 and G2 in the District and routes 1, 3, 7, 8, 23 and the 24T in Northern Virginia. Buses will travel just on snow emergency routes in Maryland to start the day, but officials said that could change as road conditions improve.

MetroAccess transit, a service for the elderly and disabled, will operate on a limited schedule on Monday due to uncertainty about the state of secondary roads in the wake of the snowstorm. Metro officials said the service will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but only for customers whose trips are associated with medical needs such as chemotherapy and dialysis. Other trips will be canceled, and customers should receive automated calls with the news.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 21, 2009; 4:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: Metrobus, Metrorail  
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