Limited rail, buses for Metro
9:10 p.m. update: Some additional details:
Bus service will be available on less than 10 percent of Metro's bus routes beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Service will start the day only on snow emergency routes. Expect substantial delays due to the condition of the roads.
"Take your time when boarding a bus, as we know that there are huge piles of snow lining the edges of streets and blocking the bus stops," said Dave Kubicek, Metro's acting deputy general manager for operations. "Please do not [try] to run to catch a bus or a train as it's not worth a fall that could cause an injury."
The routes, which may change subject to conditions: the U8 line (Minn. Ave - Capitol Heights), the 64 line (Georgia Ave-Petworth- Fort Totten), the 50 line (14th and Colorado Ave) the 70 line (Silver Spring - Archives), the S4 line (Silver Spring - Federal Triangle) the 30 line (Friendship Heights - Potomac Ave) and the A line (Southern Ave to Anacostia). In Northern Virginia, the 16 line (Pentagon - Baileys Crossroads) the 1C line (Dunn Loring), 2C line (Dunn Loring), 17 line (Braddock Road) and 28 line (Alexandria - Tysons Corner). In Maryland, the Z2 and Z8 line (Silver Spring), the Q line (Silver Spring-Shady Grove), the Y line (Silver Spring -Norbeck Road), the F1 and F2 line (Takoma - Cheverly), the J2 line (Bethesda - Silver Spring), the J7/J9 line (Bethesda - Lake Forest Mall), and the P12 line (Eastover - Addison Road).
Trains will service stations at 24- to 30-minute intervals to underground stations as follows:
- Red Line - Medical Center to Union Station and Glenmont to Forest Glen
- Orange and Blue Lines - Ballston to Stadium-Armory
- Green Line - Fort Totten to Congress Heights
- Yellow Line - Pentagon to Crystal City
Metro said winds blowing snow back onto the tracks and continued re-icing of the electrified third rail are impeding the restoration of service to its 40 above-ground stations. Forty-six stations are below ground.
Many railcars that were stored in rail yards Friday night also remain buried. Crews are working to free them, officials said.
Officials have also been concerned about the ability of Metro's employees to get to work as many neighborhoods have not been plowed and roads remain icy.
Metro's statement said the decision was based on concerns about whether passengers would be able to safely board buses.
8:30 p.m update: Metro will run underground only rail service and very limited bus service beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.
8:10 p.m.: Metro has not issued a decision on whether it will have above-ground rail service or any Metrobus service on Monday. Officials said the agency hopes to alert Washingtonians this evening.
During December's historic snowfall a decision on rail didn't come until the early hours of Monday morning
Other commuter service decisions: MARC trains will operate an "S" schedule on the Penn Line Monday and will have no service on the Camden or Brunswick lines. MTA commuter bus service and VRE train service will not run Monday. Amtrak has cut train routes. The D.C. Circulator will start on time and offer free rides.
UPDATE: Alexandria's DASH bus service will not operate Monday. DASH will make an announcement on Monday after 5 p.m. about Tuesday.
UPDATE: Montgomery's Ride On bus will operate on the 'S' service plan.
February 7, 2010; 6:57 PM ET
Categories: Advisories , Commuting , transit | Tags: Metro, Metrobus, weather, winter weather
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