Metro prepares for bad weather

Metro officials said they have extended some employees shifts and are working to stage equipment at various locations throughout the system to prepare for the severe weather that is expected to hit the D.C. area today.


(Katherine Frey for The Washington Post)

The agency said it is watching areas that may become flooded and will make changes to its bus routes accordingly. It is putting out light towers, emergency generators, mobile pumps and other equipment in places that could have flooding troubles. It has 15 remote generators and two large generator trucks to deal with station power outages.

Some employees shifts will overlap with others to make sure enough personnel are on hand to deal with situations, Metro officials said.

Officials warned that while they are monitoring the weather, rail and bus customers could experience unexpected delays related to the weather. Trains may have to run at slower speeds if there are severe weather conditions that affect above ground stations, Metro said.

“Every effort will be made to maintain safe, reliable service,” Metro said in an advisory alert.

Metro also reminded customers to not get off a train if it does lose power because it is extremely dangerous. In the last year, Metro has had two incidents where passengers got off stranded trains without clear direction or supervision from officials.

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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