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Get help riding Metro’s Rush Plus with Post’s new mobile guide

Metro is handing out a lot of brochures to get riders familiar with the new rush hour service starting Monday, but riders still seem anxious and a bit confused about what exactly Rush Plus means for their own commutes.

We think we can help. The Post is introducing a new guide to Rush Plus service. The guide was created for mobile devices, but it will work on any web-enabled computer.

Here’s a link to the guide:

So when you’re on the go — or just standing around on a Metrorail platform wondering what’s going to happen next — you can check the effect that adding or subtracting rush hour trains will have on your trip.

Say you board at Ballston and arrive at Archives. The mobile tool will tell you that during Rush Plus hours at Ballston, riders should expect to see additional Orange Line trains. Some will have destination signs that say Largo while others still will say New Carrollton.

You’ll know that when you transfer trains at L’Enfant Plaza to complete your trip to Archives, the northbound Green Line service will be unaffected, but there will be additional Yellow Line trains, some bearing new destination signs saying “Greenbelt.”

The mobile service also will remind everyone about the basics of Rush Plus: It affects train schedules and destinations between 6:30 and 9 a.m. and between 3:30 and 6 p.m. weekdays.

Our newspaper guide to Rush Plus appeared on Sunday’s Commuter page in the Metro section. But it’s also available to online readers at

A map illustrates the impact of Rush Plus, and I narrated a video that describes the changes on the Orange, Blue and Yellow lines.

Riders on the Orange and Yellow lines should enjoy less crowded commutes, but they’ll need to watch the destination signs on the trains. Riders on the Blue Line will see fewer of their trains. They should study the map and schedule to see if boarding either Yellow Line or Orange Line trains will help them reach their destinations faster.

Post reporters will be roaming the system on Monday morning to assess the impact.

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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