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Metro cancels work for Wednesday night, afternoon ridership low

Metro said it is canceling its Wednesday night time work on all five rail lines due to the weather.

Many of Metro’s crews who would normally be working starting at 10 p.m. and working overnight on track repairs and maintenance have been working 12-hour shifts Wednesday to deal with the snow, officials said.

Ridership on Metro has been lighter than normal. With the winter storm causing government offices to close, fewer federal workers used Metro.

At 3 p.m., Metro said it had 115,000 rider trips compared to 382,000 rider trips at the same time last Wednesday.

Metro had canceled its door-to-door vehicle service for those with disabilities Wednesday because of the weather but said it expects the service to resume normal operations for Thursday and has been accepting reservations.

Metro said it will keep extra personnel on hand through the afternoon and evening to deal with snow conditions, as needed.

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



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