Metro Increases Rush Hour Service on Three Lines

Tuesday, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) increased service on three rail lines during the busiest days of the week.

Blue, Orange, and Blue Plus Line trains will operate every 12 minutes instead of 15 minutes during the morning and evening rush hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.  Trains will arrive every four minutes between Rosslyn and Stadium-Armory stations where the lines merge.

Metro Red Line service will increase weekday service starting Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Currently, Red Line trains operate every 8 minutes weekdays during the morning and evening commute, from 6-9 a.m. and again from 3-6 p.m.

Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, Red Line trains will operate every 8 minutes all day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.

The improvements are part of Metro’s plan to increase service as more 7000-series railcars become available.

“Our newest railcars have continued to provide safe and reliable service, and we are excited to deliver them where our customers most need them,” said General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke. “By making trains more frequent and increasing capacity with more 8-car trains, we are reducing crowding and making service more convenient.”

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