Metro (Rail and Bus) Update for Thursday

by Prince Of Petworth January 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm 5 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend


“Metro is announcing the following service information for Thursday, January 28, 2016:


As snow clearing progresses and road conditions improve across the region, Metrobus service will be upgraded to a “light” snow service plan starting Thursday morning. Under the “light” snow plan, all routes are in service; however, pre-planned snow detours are in effect to keep buses off of hilly terrain, narrow streets and other problem areas. Bus customers should check the light service plan webpage for detour information: http://www.wmata.com/snow/light

As conditions improve, snow detours may be lifted and buses will resume normal routing. Metro will alert riders on a route-by-route basis through MetroAlerts by email or text message and on the Metrobus alerts and advisories page. Sign up for MetroAlerts at http://www.wmata.com/metroalerts .


On Thursday, Metrorail will continue to operate modified service, with trains running every 8 minutes during rush hours on each line. All stations are open. In the downtown core of the system where stations are served by multiple lines, trains will serve stations about every 4 minutes.

Rail customers are advised that, due to reduced car availability following the blizzard, trains may be more crowded than usual. Ridership is lighter during the “shoulders” of the rush hour: before 7:30 a.m. and after 9:00 a.m. in the morning, and before 4:00 p.m. or after 6:30 p.m. in the evening.

Additionally, Rush Plus Yellow Line service (Yellow Line trains between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt) will not operate Thursday. Blue Line trains will continue to run 8-minute rush hour service to compensate.


MetroAccess paratransit service for customers with disabilities will operate on its normal schedule. In some cases, “door-to-door” service may be unavailable where driveways or sidewalks have not been cleared of snow. In such cases, the driver will provide “curb-to-curb service” instead.”

  • ***

    Thanks WMATA for a useless update “we may or may not continue to detour and/or not run a bus in your neighborhood…yolo!”

    • nevermindtheend

      All routes will run. As far as detours, “Metro will alert riders on a route-by-route basis through MetroAlerts by email or text message and on the Metrobus alerts and advisories page.”

      • ***

        That is also what they said today, which turned out not to be the case. They decided not to run the “severe snow” routes with no notification. And what it sounds like is that they will just choose if they run detour or not but there will not be notification, so a bus might or might not show up.

        • nevermindtheend

          They were running on “moderate” today. That does not include all routes.

          What route did they say they would run today that they did not run?

          • ***

            E4 was not running any eastbound service this morning. I knew it was detouring and I waited at a detour stop for over an hour before going home and calling in. Thanks WMATA.


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