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Transit roundup for Friday

updated 5:30 a.m.
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There are some complicated service plans for Friday. Here are the basics, starting with Metro.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE: All stations are now open on the Yellow, Green and Blue lines.
6:40 A.M. UPDATE: More stations are open, and more info is here.
-- The Green and Blue lines are entirely open
-- On the Orange Line, the East Falls Church station is now open
Opens at 5 a.m. and closes at midnight, instead of 3 a.m. These portions of the lines will be in service:
Red Line: Medical Center to Glenmont
Orange Line: Ballston to New Carrollton
Blue Line: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Largo Town Center
Yellow Line: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center
Green Line: all stations open Greenbelt to Branch Avenue

The following Metrorail stations remain closed due to heavy snow that remains on the tracks: Braddock Road, Dunn Loring-Merrifield, East Falls Church, Eisenhower Ave, Franconia-Springfield, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Huntington, King Street, Rockville, Shady Grove, Twinbrook, Van Dorn Street, Vienna/Fairfax-GMU, West Falls Church-VT/UVA and White Flint.

Schedule: Trains will operate at 20-minute to 25-minute intervals above ground and 10-minute to 15-minute intervals below ground.

Parking: About 70 percent of parking spaces at Metro stations will be available. The trouble spots will be in the lots and on the roofs of the garages, where snow is piled.

Starts operating a limited number of routes and expands as conditions allow. These are the starter routes, which will begin at their normal times:
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 Leisure 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

Begins at 6:45 a.m. The usual door-to-door service will be shifted to curb-to-curb service if it is not safe to offer door-to-door service.

Other transit
D.C. Circulator: Full service on all routes.
Alexandria's DASH Bus: Operating a modified weekday schedule beginning at 9 a.m. See more details here.
Arlington's ART buses: Service will start at 8 a.m. No service on ART 62 and 75. Refreezing of roads may force service suspension after 7 p.m.
Falls Church GEORGE: Buses will not operate on Friday.
Fairfax Connector: The service plan is complicated because the western portion of the Orange Line is not scheduled to open in the morning. The North County routes are on what's known as a Saturday Snow Service. Route 505 will not operate. Route 950 will operate between Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride and Reston Town Center. Additional service may be added if West Falls Church Metro station opens. South County routes will operate at weekday frequency. The West County routes will not operate. But service may be added later in the day if the Vienna station opens.
Loudoun Transit: All buses to Rosslyn, the Pentagon, and the District will depart from Leesburg and Dulles North only. Buses will depart approximately every 15 minutes from each lot between 6:30 and 9 a.m. The lots at Dulles South, CFC, Purcellville (both lots) and Ashburn North will not open. The Ashburn Link will not operate.
Montgomery County Ride On: Buses will operate on the "S" Service Plan.
PRTC OmniRide: No service.
Linton Hall Metro Direct: No service.
Manassas Metro Direct: Service will begin with the scheduled trips closest to 8 a.m. and continue according to published schedules. Buses will travel to the westernmost station on the Orange Line that has been cleared for service. That's scheduled to be Ballston. Manassas Metro Direct service will end at 8 p.m.
Prince William Metro Direct: Service will begin with the scheduled trips closest to 8 a.m. and continue operating according to published schedules. Service will end at 8 p.m.
MARC: Trains will operate on an "S" schedule on the Penn Line. No service on the Brunswick and Camden lines. More detail on Penn Line operations: Only trains with an "S" under the train number in the timetable will operate and some express trains will make extra stops, as denoted by an "S" in the timetable grid. These Penn Line trains will not operate: 423, 427, 431, 414, and 416.
MTA commuter buses: Routes 310, 320, 410, 411, and 420 will operate regular service. Routes 901, 902, 903, 904, 905, 907, 909, 915, 922, 929, 950, 991, and 995 will operate an "S" or "L/S" schedule. Only trips with an "S" or "L/S" above the trip number will operate on these routes.
VRE: Trains will operate on the "S" schedule. Only those trains marked with an "S" on your schedule will run. On the Manassas Line, service is limited to trains 324, 328, 330, and 332 in the morning and 325, 327, 331, and 335 in the evening. On the Fredericksburg Line, service is limited to trains 302, 306, 308, and 310 in the morning and 301, 303, 307, and 311 in the evening. See more details here.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 12, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
Categories:  Metro , Weather , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, snowstorm  
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I've been glued to your column all week. Frankly, I don't know how I would have strategized my approach without you. Thank you so much for making this frustrating, complicated situation just a little easier.

Posted by: mctcurious | February 11, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Is there any expectation that the closed stations will reopen at any time?

Posted by: member8 | February 11, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

MTA sent an email saying that while MARC Penn Line is on "S" Schedule, that even some "S" Schedule trains will not operate. Those trains are: 423, 427, 431, 414, and 416.

Posted by: GlenBurnie | February 11, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Metro should have gotten Grosvenor-Strathmore open for tomorrow. That way people from Shady Grove down to White Flint could have atleast driven to the parking garages at Grosvenor. Way to go again Metro!

Posted by: ams1986 | February 11, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: mctcurious, thank you. I'm going to circulate your comment among all the people on The Post transportation team who basically have done nothing but eat, sleep, blog since last Friday.

GlenBurnie, thanks for pointing out the update on MARC. I'm going to go back in and update the original posting, as well as add information about MTA commuter buses.

member8, it's possible the information about the closed station could update overnight. Best to check back first thing in the morning.

As ams1986 is pointing out, the continued closing of the western side of the Red and Orange lines is likely to be a real problem for the morning commute.

Posted by: Dr_Gridlock | February 11, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for pulling all this info together!

Tommorrow's commute is not going to be pleasant, but I do think I need to get in the office to grab some work for home this weekend, if nothing else.

With trains on this sort of schedule, I do thing the "2-hour delay" line of OPM's is really reaching as far as an attempt at comic relief.

Posted by: dahozho | February 11, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Is there any reasonable explanation for trains running 20-25 minutes? If the tracks are safe to use above ground, why so slow? Seems like they should keep it shut until they get the tracks cleared.

Also, will the weekend be better? Seems like another metro style bang up job. Why are we the only city that can't have functioning trains with snow? Chicago, NY, Boston can do it, DC can't? Pathetic.

Posted by: JG55 | February 11, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I do have to get Metro credit for keeping at least some service running every day while pretty much everything else in the region was shut down for at least part of the time. It's not their fault that the system was designed the way it was, and it's so rare that we have a weather event like this that actually ends up shutting service down. FYI, Baltimore's Metro subway is having similar issues. That being said, I wish DC Metro would have focused more on the Orange and Red line segments that remain closed - I bet those sections account for more ridership than any other segment of the system and I smell a disaster brewing for the AM rush.

Posted by: thepostischeap | February 11, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

One more for the list: Fairfax City CUE buses will be on a normal schedule, which will be pretty useless since the Vienna Metro station won't be open.

Posted by: thepostischeap | February 11, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Red line riders can drive to Bethesda or Silver Spring. The Metro maps don't indicate that there is parking available at those stations, but all that means is there is no WMATA owned parking available. There are huge garages at both SS and Bethesda. Same thing for those on the Orange to Ballston Common Mall and park there.

Posted by: thetan | February 11, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

If there isn't enough parking, just park your cars in the road or on the sidewalks. Call it a park-in.

Posted by: fireball72 | February 11, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Since the closed stations include a large portion of the parking in the Metro system, does that 70% mean you can park at the stations but you just can't go anywhere else.

Posted by: fireball72 | February 11, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

@ams1986/thetan: What about riders like me who have no car? If I normally board at Shady Grove, and no Red Line stations are open until Medical Center, how in the world am I supposed to get there?

Yes, I know Ride-On has their S schedule, which is really just code for "Sucks For You", and no listed Metrobus route comes anywhere near that section of Red Line (unless, of course, the Q2 listing is wrong, and its running the full route). Still, I wonder, is not digging out the Red Line to Shady Grove some kind of karmic justice or Metro payback because we got dug out first during the December storm?

Regardless, there are a whole helluva lot more people who ride to and from Shady Grove than there are who ride to and from Silver Spring/Glenmont, and Metro should have focused their snow removal efforts accordingly. Just my (admittedly biased) opinion.

Posted by: pikamander007 | February 11, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Steal a car, park on the mall.

Posted by: fireball72 | February 11, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

pikamander007 -- Glenmont to Forest Glen is underground and has been running. After Forest Glen is Silver Spring, which is above ground, and that is the busiest station in the Metro system. So it does seem that Metro was justified in opening up the SS end of the line.

Posted by: jonnydoe1234 | February 12, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Same thing for those on the Orange to Ballston Common Mall and park there.


Sure...forget the fact that parking at the mall is very expensive during the day, and the only direct way to get there (I-66) is restricted to HOV-2 inside the beltway. Not going to happen.

The Red and Orange lines are the two busiest lines in terms of passenger volume and WMATA should have focused on those lines before the others. Instead, anyone coming in from west of northwest of DC is SOL.

Posted by: thepostischeap | February 12, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

I was all set to go in to work today, instead now I find out that King Street and South Van Dorn aren't open, the Metro Bus that would get me to Pentagon isn't running, and Dash would only get me to King Street to wait for a bus to Pentagon that won't come. And the federal government decided to open today?!?!? Absolutely horrible decision. It's only one day, most of which is going to be taken up by people trying to get in to work. The government should have just thrown in the towel on the week, closed and allowed Metro to catch up with this snowstorm without having any federal workers trying to get to work to deal with.

Stupid decision by OPM.

Posted by: CJMARTIN04 | February 12, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Thank you! You're my best source of info on what's going on with Metro, which I depend on to get to work. I'll be home today (again) since I use the Vienna stop. I'm glad I can telework.

Posted by: waltraud82 | February 12, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Dr. Gridlock for writing about what Metro is doing more clearly than Metro itself can. Their press release says that all stations on the Blue line are open. It also says that the Braddock Road and King Street stations are closed, which are on the Blue line. So which is it Metro? Are they open or not? It also says that the Metro is running to Franconia-Springfield, which according to their own press release, the train can't get past Braddock Road due to snow and ice on the tracks. Idiots.

Posted by: mjw703 | February 12, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

I agree with mjw703. Could you please clarify whether the braddock road and king street stations are open for the blue line only? The press release is completely confusing as to these critical old town stations!

Posted by: scwm | February 12, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm similarly confused about Braddock Road and King St., though at this point, I bet they're open. If you check Metro's "Next Train" alerts, they're showing (supposedly) real time activity at both stations. If it's about the time you need to leave for work (like me) I think it's worth the gamble to assume they're open. Just my opinion, though - I'd love to hear from Dr. Gridlock!

Posted by: mkb16 | February 12, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Dr. Gridlock, I would like to know if the Next Bus system is accurate this morning (or as accurate as it can be). The bus I take to the Silver Spring metro station is not on the list of routes that are running. But, according to Next Bus it is running. I tried to call the metro information line, but it is closed. I really don't want to have to walk 4 blocks in the street to wait for a bus that is not coming. Can you help find out?

Posted by: SweetieJ | February 12, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Next Train function for Metro rail Red Line is NOT WORKING!!! This is HIGHLY frustrating since trains are running at 25 minute intervals at outdoor stations like mine (Takoma). I would like to be able to use NextTrain to know when the train is coming and time my trip over to the station and not have to wait on a freezing metro platform. But no, METRO FAILS AGAIN TO PROVIDE BASIC SERVICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EPIC FAIL, METRO. EPIC. FAIL.

Posted by: owensm | February 12, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

The NextBus system is not accurate this morning. I waited 30 minutes outside as NextBus said two buses were coming. Neither showed up.

And another thing -- what is with the lack of updates this morning on transit? Other than the report that Metro couldn't open all of the stations it said it could, you have no transit news this morning. You told people to rely on NextBus, but it is clearly not working.

Posted by: David8979 | February 12, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

In addition to the NextBus system not working, there are several bus lines that are NOT working. Metrobus sez that its got all lines working except for about a dozen but that's not completely accurate.

For example, the D2 and the D6 are both off. Undoubtedly several more are as well..

Posted by: brisinga | February 12, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

A further note on people who might be using the D6 line. The D6 has NOT resumed full service. It STOPS and turns around for downtown at Dupont Circle. As of Feb. 12-13-14, It DOES NOT service the Palisades, MacArthur Blvd. area!!! This leaves a LOT of people out in the lurch.

Metro has done NOTHING to inform the people who use this line of this. Plus, Next Bus does NOT accurately reflect the fact that service is limited. The website indicates arrival times at stops where the bus is not travelling BUT THESE ARE INCORRECT (because the bus is not there).

Its frustrating to go out to the stop after Next Bus sez that it will be arriving in 20 minutes only to discover NOTHING arriving.

This has been a chronic problem with this service.

I wish Metro could just honestly tell us when the buses were running instead of all this misinformation & runaround.

Posted by: brisinga | February 14, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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