Metroaccess paratransit service in the Washington, D.C. area.

MetroAccess Service to Resume After Winter Storm Stella

MetroAccess paratransit service for customers with disabilities will resume service on Wednesday morning in the Washington, D.C. area after winter storm Stella. The MetroAccess reservations call center has reopened as of noon today (Tuesday) to assist customers with scheduling trips for Wednesday and future dates.

Due to the nature of MetroAccess service, where vehicles often travel on secondary or tertiary streets, customers may experience lengthier trip times due to road conditions. In some cases, “door-to-door” service may be unavailable where driveways or sidewalks have not been cleared of snow and ice. In such cases, the driver will provide “curb-to-curb service” instead.

Customers with subscription trips reserved for Wednesday who would prefer not to travel are encouraged to call the MetroAccess call center to cancel as soon as possible.

(Photo via @donnisinmd on Twitter)

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During this morning’s moderate snow accumulation and light ice conditions, Metro is operating Metrobus under a moderate snow plan in the Washington D.C. area.

Service will be suspended on some routes and buses are detoured around roads prone to hazardous conditions, including many neighborhood streets. Passengers may experience increased wait times due to road conditions. See light snow routes and severe snow routes.

For a full list of moderate snow routes, click this link.

(Photo via nevermindtheend, on Flickr)

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A blue line metro train has struck a deer near Van Dorn Street this evening in Alexandria, Virginia according to WMATA. Metro says you can expect outbound delays to Largo Town Center. This is the second such incident within a month in this stretch of track.

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Metrobus and Metrorail Service Changes Proposed in Alexandria

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is proposing changes to Metrorail and Metrobus service as part of its Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Please visit this link by 9:00 AM on Monday, February 6, 2017 to provide feedback on these proposed changes.

WMATA proposes adjusting rush hour and non-rush hour service on all rail lines. Proposed changes for the Yellow and Blue lines serving Alexandria would include:

  • A reduction in rush hour Yellow Line service from every 6 minutes to every 8 minutes
  • An increase in rush hour Blue Line service from every 12 minutes to every 8 minutes
  • A reduction in non-rush hour and weekend service from every 12 minutes to every 15 minutes

Two bus routes with stops in Alexandria would be affected by the proposed budget. The proposal would eliminate the 7X (Lincolnia – Pentagon) and 28X (Leesburg Pike Limited) routes.

The proposed fare adjustments include increasing the Metrorail rush hour fare up to $0.10 and the Metrorail non-rush hour fare up to $0.25. Regular and express Metrobus fares would increase by $0.25.

Please visit this link for additional detail regarding proposed fare changes.

(Feature photo via Bossi, on Flickr)

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Track Work this weekend affecting three of six Lines

Metro is reminding weekend riders of a major track work project that will affect service on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines this weekend. Free shuttle buses will replace all trains between Foggy Bottom and Eastern Market stations on Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5. As a result, six stations will be closed: Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Federal Center SW and Capitol South.

In addition, the lower level platforms will be closed at Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza. (Metro Center will be open for Red Line service only; L’Enfant Plaza will be open for Yellow and Green line service only.)

Multiple Metro crews will perform work in the zone, including installation of cell phone and radio infrastructure to support improved communication in tunnels, fixing displaced ceiling tiles, and conventional track improvements to rails, fasteners, insulators and other components.   (more…)

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Metro to run enhanced midday service with extra trains for 2017 March for Life

Metro is running enhanced midday rail service on Friday, January 27, to support additional ridership expected for the 2017 March for Life being held in Washington, D.C.

During Friday’s midday hours, between the morning and evening rush hours, Metro will run trains about every 8 minutes on each line, resulting in service every 2-4 minutes at stations in the Downtown core. In addition, Wiedefeld announced that Metro will run more 8-car trains (the longest train length possible), all midday track work will be cancelled, and additional staff will be on hand to assist visitors.

If possible, March participants are encouraged to travel outside of the traditional rush hour periods when trains are most crowded.

In addition, March participants are urged to purchase and load their SmarTrip cards in advance to avoid potentially long lines at Metro entrances. Each rider age 5 and up needs his or her own card to enter and exit the Metrorail system. SmarTrip cards can be purchased in advance at any Metro station, as well as CVS/Pharmacy or Giant stores. Be sure the card is loaded with enough value to pay for all trips you plan to take during the day.

Regular fares and parking fees will be in effect Friday. (Peak fares are in effect from opening until 9:30 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Off-peak fares are in effect at all other times.)

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