A smooth day for Metro
The evening rush is winding down on the first workday commute on Metro’s new Silver Line, and — though changes to Northern Virginia bus routes left some passengers confused and slower service on the Blue Line left some riders frustrated — things basically went smoothly for the transit agency and its customers.
Metro spokesman Dan Stessel summed up the day this way in an e-mail:
“There is a saying in the transit industry: You’re only as good as your last rush hour. We now have two good ones under our belt, and we’ll work to keep the trend going tomorrow.
“Ridership on this first weekday of Silver Line service has been quite respectable. Wiehle-Reston East is well established as the busiest of the five new stations, thanks to its 3000+ parking spaces and lots of connecting bus service. During the morning commute, Wiehle quickly shot up to the 12th busiest boarding station. (It moved lower as the day wore on, as downtown stations with heavy all-day traffic pulled ahead. But the morning ridership is impressive nonetheless.)
“It is also worth nothing that exits at Tysons Corner during the morning rush hour exceeded entries by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. That’s exciting for us because it means that people are using the line for “reverse-peak” commutes. By filling trains in the reverse peak direction, we are making the best use of our existing infrastructure while generating revenue on trains we are already running. Best of all, riders who reverse commute usually enjoy a very comfortable trip — with plenty of seats to themselves.”
We’re wrapping up this live blog but don’t fret: There’s plenty more Silver Line coverage on the way. Meantime, read The Post’s latest stories about today’s commute: