Metro underground again Thurs.
7:06 p.m. Update: Metro will run only underground rail service on Thursday, while bus and MetroAccess service will remain suspended due to the record snowfall in the Washington area, Metro announced late Wednesday.
Underground rail service will open at 5 a.m., and trains will run at 24- to 30-minute intervals until midnight.
"We will continually assess the situation" on Thursday, as workers make efforts to clear the 40 above-ground stations and tracks so service can resume there, said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.
Strong winds and heavy snow forced Metro to pull back crews of employees laboring to dig out from the storm, Farbstein said. "It's a losing fight," she said. Since last Friday's snowstorm, more than 1,000 employees have been on the job in 12-hour shifts to try to excavate the rail cars, tracks and buses and keep the system running, Metro said in a statement.
In order to expedite the resumption of service, Metro has stored more than 500 rail cars -- nearly half its fleet -- in underground tunnels to protect them from snow and ice. As a result, it is running many trains on single tracks, Farbstein said.
Original post: Metro will continue to limit its rail service to underground portions of the system Thursday, according to Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. Metrobus and MetroAccess service will continue to be suspended.
The rail portion of the system will open at 5 a.m. and trains will service stations in intervals of 24 to 30 minutes.
Farbstein said service might change if conditions improve during the day.
February 10, 2010; 6:26 PM ET
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