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Metro tries to ease Red Line congestion

Metro Interim General Manager Richard Sarles plans to add more eight-car trains to the Red Line and slightly lengthen time between trains in order to reduce congestion.

The change would increase the amount of time between trains from 2 1/2 to 3 minutes between Grosvenor and Silver Spring and from 5 to 6 minutes between Shady Grove and White Flint, and Glenmont and Forest Glen.

Sarles revealed the plan during a roundtable with reporters Tuesday afternoon. It will be the first schedule adjustment on the Red Line since 2004 and should take effect by July.

Several factors have combined to clog Red Line trains during rush hour, including crowded platforms that slow boarding, manual train operations required after last June's Red Line crash, and the opening of New York Avenue Station, Sarles said.

"Because of the congestion we can't stick to the schedule," he said.

Overall capacity will remain the same, Sarles said, but "what riders should feel is that the on-time performance for the Red Line should go up.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

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By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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I would encourage Mr. Sarles to have a contingency plan ready if Md. fails to fully fund Metro's capital campaign as the District and Va. have indicated they would (this was recently covered in detail by the Post). This plan would reduce rail service to the Md. portions of the Red, Orange, Green, and Blue lines at all times.

Rail reduction proposals would probably get the attention of Md. voters.

Posted by: Transport- | May 4, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I agree. As a Maryland resident I read the MD Transportation SEc's op ed in the Post this weekend and her reasoning made no sense in any way. MD needs to get with the program.

Though perhaps if Metro did this MD should demand the land back like Virginia did that created DC.... so then DC's stations would also be MD's since, you know, DC is actually MD land.

Posted by: JG55 | May 5, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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