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Metro bus and MetroAccess resuming normal service

1:40 p.m. UPDATEMetro bus and MetroAccess are resuming normal service, except for on a handful of routes.

Bus routes that are still operating on emergency snow routes include the A12 and K12 in Maryland, the G2 in the District of Columbia and the 3T, 4A and a portion of the 16 Line (Culmore only) in Virginia.

MetroAccess customers may experience significant delays as road conditions dictate the ability of drivers to maneuver their vehicles on many area side streets and provide door-to-door service.

7:30 a.m. UPDATE:Metro continues to run buses only on snow emergency routes. Officials said they are consulting with departments of transportation to determine when roads are passable.

MetroAccess trips originating before 8 a.m were also canceled Sunday morning. Metro officials said customers were notified of the change Saturday night with automated phone calls.

Metro rail service is operating normally, but the agency warned that ice could make conditions in parking lots and on platforms and other exposed surfaces hazardous.

7:27 p.m. UPDATE:Metro is reporting that the delays on the Green and Orange lines have cleared.

6:32 p.m. UPDATE:Metro says the power problem on the Green Line has been resolved but residual delays continue.

6:02 p.m. UPDATE: Metro says there is a power problem at Prince George's Plaza on the Green Line. Trains are turning back at trains West Hyattsville and Prince George's Plaza. Shuttle service has been requested, but riders should expect delays in both directions.

5:38 p.m. UPDATE: Metro is reporting delays on the Red Line due to scheduled maintenance in the vicinity of Grosvenor and Medical Center stations; on the Orange Line toward New Carrollton due to a door malfunction at Ballston; and on the Green Line due to a problem at Prince George's Plaza that has been resolved.

Original post: Metro has decided to operate its buses on snow emergency routes only. That means bus service will only be available on main roads. The press release is available here.

The transit agency has also canceled MetroAccess trips from home addresses for the rest of the day. In a statement, officials said customers are being contacted to arrange pickups. You can also call 301-562-5360 to arrange for an earlier pick-up time.

Metro said rail service continues to operate normally.

By Michael Bolden  |  January 31, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , transit  
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Question: How do we know exactly which buses are running when the "buses are only running on Snow Emergency Routes" warning is posted? Metro doesn't provide a list. What if a bus runs on part a Snow Emer. Route, then threads through part of a neighborhood- is this bus running or not? It's very confusing. Why doesn't Metro, or the Washington Post, provide an exact list?

Posted by: mrudinsky1 | January 31, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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