Metrorail open late for New Year’s


Trains and buses will operate on Sunday schedules for the Christmas and New Year holidays. (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

Metrorail will again stay open till 2 a.m. to accommodate late-night revelers on New Year’s Eve.

The transit authority also made public Tuesday the rail and bus schedules for other times during the upcoming holidays.

Christmas Eve. Next Tuesday, the transit service will be on its regular weekday schedule, with Metrorail open from 5 a.m. to midnight.

Christmas Day. Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule, with Metrorail opening at 7 a.m. and closing at midnight. Subscription trips on MetroAccess, the paratransit service, are canceled for the day.

New Year’s Eve. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, Metro service will be on regular weekday schedules, but Metrorail will stay out two hours later than normal, closing at 2 a.m. The time for the last trains varies by station. Figure it by adding two hours to the last-train time for a regular weekday. Here’s a link to the page on Metro’s Web site listing station information.

New Year’s Day. Metrorail and Metrobus again operate on a Sunday schedule, with Metrorail opening at 7 a.m. and closing at midnight. MetroAccess subscription trips canceled.

Weekend schedules
Use this link to see my earlier posting on Metro’s schedule for this coming weekend. The normal schedule changes only for Metrorail service between the College Park and Greenbelt stations on the Green Line.

On the last weekend of the year — 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, through midnight Sunday, Dec. 29 — this Metrorail scheduled will be in effect: Red Line trains will leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 20 minutes, but from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, more trains will be in service between Shady Grove and Dupont Circle and also between Glenmont and Judiciary Square. So in those zones, trains should reach platforms about every 10 minutes. (Note that this means Red Line service in the middle of D.C., between Dupont Circle and Judiciary Square, will be about every 20 minutes.)

[Dec. 24 update: Metro announced cancellation of the planned Green Line work for Dec. 28-29. The Green Line will operate on its normal weekend schedule.] Also, Green Line service will be reduced at the Greenbelt station. That end of the line station will have train service every 20 to 24 minutes, depending on the time of day. Service at all other Green Line stations will be on the normal weekend schedule.

All other lines will operate on their normal weekend schedules.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.

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