The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast on Tuesday will continue to impact the region heading into Wednesday morning’s commute. The federal government is allowing workers to take an unscheduled leave or work from home; a dozen major federal buildings are closed in the District, Maryland and Virginia; and numerous area schools and landmarks are also closed.
Of course, plenty of you still need to get to work. Most transit agencies, which limited their service in the wake of Tuesday’s earthquake, are going to be back to normal schedules and speeds on Wednesday morning.
• Metro: Metro announced this morning that operations would return to normal.
About 9:40 p.m. Wednesday Metro announced that bus and MetroAccess service had resumed normal operations.
Metro said that elevator and escalator inspections had found no structural damage.
• Commuter rail: Virginia Railway Express says operations will be normal on Wednesday morning. The Maryland Transit Administration expects to offer full MARC service. However, some MARC trains may depart late so ensure that train crews have been able to receive the amount of rest between shifts required by the Federal Railroad Adminstration. There may be delays of 20 to 60 minutes on the Brunswick Line.
• Amtrak: The railroad says trains are operating at normal speeds between Baltimore and Washintgon.
• The Fairfax Connector bus service expects to run normal operations.
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