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.
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