D.C. Metro system expects limited service
for bus and rail during weekend
Metro officials expect to begin Friday with regular bus and rail service throughout the Washington region but anticipate that will change as conditions deteriorate throughout the weekend.
Metro officials said Thursday that customers should not expect Metrobus or above-ground Metrorail service Saturday and Sunday due to the likely snow accumulation. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts that totals of 1 to 2 feet are possible. Underground rail service is expected to continue during the storm, Metro said.
Metro said it plans to give customers early warning of the impending storm closures this weekend to prevent riders from being stranded, as some were during December's historic snowfall. When more than eight inches of snow accumulates on the rails, it can interfere with the third rail, which provides electricity to power the trains.
During recent snowstorms, Metro has curtailed bus and MetroAccess service because of dangerous road conditions. During December's historic snowfall, Metro suspended rail service at its 39 above-ground stations when heavy snowfall began to cover the electrified third rail.
Metro plans to store some trains in tunnels in outlying portions of the rail system, but others will have to be stored in rail yards. Those trains will have to be dug out in time for the Monday morning rush hour, Metro said.
If above-ground service is suspended, Metro plans to run underground service every 30 minutes according to the following plan:
- Yellow Line: Pentagon to Crystal City only
- Red Line: Medical Center to Union Station only
- Orange Line: Ballston to Stadium-Armory only
- Green Line: Fort Totten to Congress Heights only
- Blue Line: Ballston (extended to Blue Line) and Stadium-Armory only
Metro plans to gradually reduce bus and MetroAccess service Friday as conditions worsen.
February 4, 2010; 4:23 PM ET
Categories: Advisories , Commuting , transit | Tags: Metro delays, metro, metrobus
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