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What to expect on roads and rails

Update (10:15 a.m.): Metro reports that all of its trains are running on time.

Metrobus: The following bus lines are not operating:

District: Routes D2, G2;

Maryland: No routes out of service;

Virginia Routes 2T, 3A/B/E/T/Y, 17G/H/K/L/M, 18G/P/R/S, 23A/C, 24T, 25A/B/C

Update (4:10 a.m.): 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.

Update (4 a.m.): No word yet on what sevice Metro riders will have at above-ground stations.

Update (3 a.m.): A Metro spokesman says transit agency officials will meet in the next "20 or 30 minutes" to discuss the state of the above-ground stations and what level of service might be possible for the morning commute.

Original post: The federal government and many local jurisdictions will be closed on Monday as the region struggles with digging out from the weekend's record snowfall. That's a good thing because commuters will face uncertainty, from whether some services will even be available to huge amounts of snow and ice that will persist in some areas, making conditions dangerous for motorists, public transportation and even pedestrians.

Here is a look at what to expect:

Airports: All of the airports are open but flight operations will take days to recover. Airlines are reporting delays and getting to the airport can be difficult. The airports recommend that you check with your airline before you head out.

Metroaccess: 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 "life-sustaining" medical needs such as chemotherapy and dialysis. Other trips will be canceled, and customers should receive automated calls with the news.

Metrobus: Ice is an enemy of big, unwieldy Metrobuses, and this is why Metro suspended service Sunday night. Drivers were reporting that buses were sliding around. Conditions have also been slippery when people have been getting on and off buses. When service resumes, expect it to be extremely limited.

Metrorail: Exactly what service will look like in the morning is unclear. The Red Line was open to Shady Grove, but as of 11:20 p.m. Sunday most above-ground stations were closed. Metro officials said crews were working through the night to restore service, but they face the huge task of digging cars out of snow in rail yards and de-icing the tracks and electrified third rail. When service does resume, commuters will find less parking at the stations, as mounds of ice and snow occupy parking spots on surface lots and the top levels of parking garages. Also expect a repeat of Sunday when at least 200 bus and rail operators and station managers either called in sick or reported that they could not get to work. Check the status of service on the Metro Web site.


Baltimore Routes 310, 320, 410, 411, 420: Regular Service.

Washington Routes 901, 902, 903, 904, 905, 907, 909, 915, 922, 929, 950, 991, and 995: ONLY trips with an "S" or "L/S" above the trip number on the printed schedule will operate.

Roads: Regional departments of transportations expected to work thoughout the night to clear secondary roads that still remained a problem for some residents. There were reports coming in to Get There HQ tonight of cul de sacs that were still unplowed and secondary roads that bordered on treacherous. You can check for conditions, accidents and other information on our traffic page.

Ride On: Montgomery County says this service will operate on a normal schedule.

VRE: The Virginia Railway Express will run a modified "S Schedule" Monday morning that is designed for bad weather and workdays before a holiday, like Christmas Eve.

The schedule reduces from eight to four the number of trains heading into the District in the morning and back to Virginia in the evening. Instead of departing from Fredericksburg at 5:15 a.m., the first District-bound train will leave that city at 5:45 a.m. Similarly, the first train from Manassas will depart at 5:45 a.m. rather than 5:05 a.m.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 20, 2009; 10:57 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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I'm surprised that no news channels have covered how many gas stations have NO gas. Fairfax is completely out. My dad says that Woodbridge is almost out of gas.

Posted by: spolastre | December 21, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

If you can get ahold of al gore or one of his cronies they can have it warmed up in no time.

Posted by: loneranger1937 | December 21, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I am pleasantly surprised at how well the Maryland SHA did on clearing the roads. The main roads were in fair shape yesterday, great shape today. They have been working nonstop since Saturday and should be congratulated. What a difference from a few years ago. At least we are getting some quality services from Maryland for a change.

It is also interesting that the people of DC did not fail to live up to the reputation of mass hysteria over a snow storm. Food stores and gas stations wiped out. Morons on Saturday driving their Corollas and getting stuck. Complete idiots driving their SUV's full speed and then crashing because they forgot the trucks don't stop any better in the snow. A complete circus.

Posted by: Pilot1 | December 21, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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