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Red Line restored; Blue Line limited

updated 5:40 a.m. Tuesday
The effects of the past storm and anticipation of the next will limit Metro transit services on Tuesday.

The train system will open at 5 a.m. with full service on all but the Blue Line, but may close early depending on how cold it becomes and how deep the new snow gets. Five Blue Line stations--Benning Road, Capitol Heights, Addison Road-Seat Pleasant, Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center--will remain closed because of three- to six-foot snow drifts on the tracks.

Throughout the rail system, six-car or eight-car trains will operate at 30-minute intervals. They will travel at 35 mph.

Here's the line-up:
Red Line Full Service: Shady Grove to Glenmont
Blue Line Limited Service: Franconia-Springfield to Stadium-Armory
Green Line Full Service: Greenbelt to Branch Avenue
Orange Line Full Service: Vienna to New Carrollton
Yellow Line Full Service: Huntington to Fort Totten

Closed stations: Benning Road, Capitol Heights, Addison Road, Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center.

Station parking: About three quarters of Metro parking spaces will be available.

Elevators/escalators: In a turnabout from the normal policy, Metro is encouraging riders to use station elevators into and out of the stations. Metro says they are safer than the exposed escalators because of the heavy snowfall.

Limited Metrobus service will begin at 5 a.m. All bus routes are subject to change depending on road conditions. These are the routes Metro expects to operate:

The District
31 (Friendship Heights to Foggy Bottom-GWU)
32 and 36 (Friendship Heights to Potomac Ave)
34 (Archives to Branch Ave)
52 and 54 (From 14th Street and Colorado Ave to L'Enfant Plaza)
64 (Fort Totten to Georgia Ave-Petworth)
70 (Silver Spring to Canal and P Street SW)
71 (Silver Spring to Archives) will terminate at Canal and P Street\ SW
79 (Silver Spring to Archives)
80 (Fort Totten to Gallery Pl-Chinatown)
82 (Rhode Island Ave to Gallery Pl-Chinatown)
P6 (Anacostia to Eckington)
S4 (Silver Spring to Federal Triangle)
U8 (Capitol Heights to Benning Heights)
X2 (Minnesota Ave to Union Station)
V7 line (Deanwood to Potomac Ave)

J2 (Bethesda to Silver Spring)
P12 (Eastover to Addison Road), bypassing United Medical Center
Q2 (Silver Spring to Wheaton)
Y5, Y7 and Y8 (Wheaton to Liesure World)
Z8 and Z9 (Silver Spring to Briggs Chaney Road Park and Ride

1C (Fair Oaks to Dunn Loring)
2C (Washington Boulevard to Vienna)
16 line (Pentagon to Baileys Crossroads)
28A (Alexandria to Tysons Corner), bypassing Seven Corners and Southern Towers

The paratransit service will operate between 8 a.m. and noon for people whose trips involve life-sustaining medical needs such as chemotherapy and dialysis. After noon, MetroAccess will provide return-trips only to help those people get home.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 9, 2010; 5:40 AM ET
Categories:  Metro , Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro delays, Metrorail, snowstorm, tips for travelers  
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Figures... it's work I can't get to. Home is at an underground Metro station but the job's out on the Red Line. *facepalm*

Posted by: EtoilePB | February 8, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

How were they even considering opening the govt then tomorrow? If a huge amount of people can't even get there. At least they made the right call. If Metro can't run the city can't run.

Posted by: happydad3 | February 8, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

so are there any public transport options into the city for those of us in Takoma?

Posted by: asfoolasiam | February 8, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Does Metro still have the guarantee to get you home if they took you to work?

Posted by: mmad2 | February 8, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how hundreds of miles of auto roads can be plowed repeatedly by today, but Metro can't plow the Red Lne between Union Station and Glenmont -- about nine miles. Doesn't Metro have any decent snow plowing equipment?

Posted by: boudx | February 8, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know why the incompetent buffoons at Metro can't operate more than one car every 30 minutes at the underground stations? I know their excuse about the above-ground stations (even though Boston and New York City have above-ground subway stations and zero problems with snowstorms - even bigger ones than this). But what possible reason is there for delays on the underground stations?

Posted by: DCTom28 | February 8, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Alexandria's DASH bus is operating limited service on Tuesday beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Posted by: dcnate | February 8, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Is the 82 running special service to Chinatown? This is unclear!

Posted by: BrentwoodGuy | February 8, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

DC city government is open tomorrow. I see ride on bus is running on Schedule-S. What the alternative public transport options open from rockville to medical center..??? so that I can get to work near union station. the metro trip planner is of no use does not include the closings. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Posted by: kallims | February 8, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Will the 82 Bus start at its original location of Mount Rainier, MD and work its way down to Chinatown?? And what bus do you catch from Chinatown to your destination?? Then there is no mention of the regular route of the 70-buses leaving from Chinatown going all the way down to Montgomery County. And why isn't Takoma running any buses? They should run all main road buses on a Sunday schedule and offer a shuttle!

Posted by: LaVerdad1 | February 8, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post should do a series of articles comparing WMATA ops to other big cities Bus and Rail systems. Maybe it would wake up or embarass the local & federal politicians into getting proper management and funding. One can't depend on WMATA anymore, and to me, it seems like it started being a painful experience, last year.

Posted by: Hattrik | February 8, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

kallims, the Ride-On 46 runs from Rockville to Medical Center Station. Then you can take the metro from Medical Center to Union Station. Leave plenty of time because I would expect that bus trip to take awhile (355 looked horrible today).

See this link for what buses run on the "S" schedule. It's most of them.

Posted by: lagriesbauer | February 8, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

During the last snow storm the Metro was operating all stations by Monday. How can they not be operating by Tuesday this time?

Posted by: je_m_adore | February 8, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Unforgivable for the transit system in the Nation's capital.

I want a GAO report on how often transit systems in other major capitals shut down because of weather and poor design.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 8, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

thank you lagriesbauer. Unfortunately route ride on 46 is not operational for S schedule.

Posted by: kallims | February 8, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

anarcho-liberal-tarian: You mean like in Chicago?

In the Chicago Blizzard of 1979, Chicago saw less snow than we did -- yet it was enough to shut down the El entirely.

If you consider the cities that have extensive public transit systems, a 20-inch snowfall is an extremely rare event in all of them.

Posted by: stuckman | February 8, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

IS the J2 going all the way to Montgomery Mall or is it just Bethesda to Silver Spring. There isn't enough information here.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 8, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't make sense that the N2, N4, N6 bus lines are not operating down Massachusetts Avenue to Dupont Circle and then on Connecticut to Farragut North & West stations. Mass Avenue is clear, surely Connecticut is also. N2 also uses Cathedral Ave, which is not cleared but should be.

There is one slushy/icy lane on Cathedral but fairly constant attempts at 2-way traffic. For two days we have looked out the window at car after car getting stuck on Cathedral trying to turn onto or off of Massachusetts Ave.

Posted by: jbmindc | February 8, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

stuckman - yes that kind of comparison is helpful. makes me slightly less frustrated with our own systems inadequacies.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 8, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I have taken a look at tomorrow's service and really...this DC neighborhood (Michigan Park) has no bus service despite the fact that one line primarily runs down Michigan Avenue/Queens Chapel Road (in Hyattsville) and provides access to two Green Line stations and one (non-functioning) Red Line station. At least service out of the neighborhood would give people transfer options. I greatly appreciate Metro but what really stands out after the last 9 months is that the system never surprises by exceeding expectations. Doing so would help balance out all the ways in which the system falls short, skirts with danger and disappoints daily.

Posted by: RGoGo | February 8, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

"If you consider the cities that have extensive public transit systems, a 20-inch snowfall is an extremely rare event in all of them."

That is true, absolutely. However, DC metro shuts down outside stations when there is only 8 inches of snow. 8!!!! That is pathetic any way you cut it. I understand with 20 plus, but metro is severely affected with only 8, which is sad for a major city. Until the DC area gets with the program, we will always be a third rate city and metro area.

Posted by: JG55 | February 8, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

kallims, according to that webpage, it says the 46 is operational on the S schedule and will run every 20-25 mins during rush hour. It just doesn't run all the way to Shady Grove (which the 46 only does on Sundays anyways). Unless I'm reading this wrong but I don't think I am.

Other option from Rockville, the 47 to Bethesda. That's a very long trip and goes on more side streets so not sure how well it will run but according to the S schedule, says it will run.

Posted by: lagriesbauer | February 8, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

East of the River has been crippled by no plowing and no public transportation. Buses on main streets are not crossing bridges and Metro isn't running the Blue line.

I've pleaded, begged, complained and cried about being left out. To no avail. I've written this paper, haven't heard a peep. I've talked to media and contacted DC government even the mayor on his hotmail account.

I'm done....this is very much like Katrina.

Posted by: ColoredSpirit | February 8, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

thanx heaven red line is fully operational..even though the trains run at a snails pace under and above ground,thanks to other users who have helped me get a bus route to work. Hope there is more coordination between metro and regional governments in future.

Posted by: kallims | February 9, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the Post is saying "limited Blue Line" or "Full service except on Blue Line" to avoid saying that the Blue Line is closed east of the river, in largely poorer African-American neighborhoods.

Same thing with bus service. And that's a real crime considering how much the poor rely on our bus systems. Especially an area like Langley Park and PG County.

Posted by: cprferry | February 9, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

To the user saying that 8" is pathetic as far as what it takes to shut down Metro above ground...when was the last time we saw 8" at a time, before this winter? (Serious question.)

I'm coming up with 2003-ish, but maybe my memory is faulty?

Posted by: | February 9, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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