Did you know?

• Metro is most crowded between 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

• Metro’s busiest days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

• Bikes are welcome on Metrorail but not during rush hour: between 7 to 10 a.m. or 4 to 7 p.m. On weekdays, there is a limit of two bicycles per car. All Metrobuses have bike racks.

• Metro station escalators might stop if triggered by luggage or a stroller. The escalators have safety mechanisms (sensors) that are designed to cause the unit to stop.

• Every Monday, the track work scheduled for the following weekend is posted on Metro’s Web site.

If you prefer the bus

With more than 12,000 stops, the Metrobus system is the more convenient option for many commuters. Parents, though, might find themselves avoiding buses because of the requirement that strollers be collapsed before boarding. Jannike Jackson, a mother of three young children, is one of them. For her, the bus is more hassle than it’s worth.

“If you have a baby and two kids — or even a baby and one kid, for that matter — sometimes you just can’t do it,” she said. “You don’t have extra hands, so in those cases, I’d rather walk.”

Get the app

The Washington Post’s mobile Metro app, DC Rider, offers train times, station advisories and news alerts from Dr. Gridlock, The Post’s transit expert. The application’s Trip Planner helps riders determine their routes and see fare rates. The app is available for iPhone or Android.

Metro: By the numbers


The approximate number of customers who use the Metrorail system — the second busiest in the United States — each day


Percentage of people commuting into the District and parts of Arlington County by mass transit


Total number of Metro elevators in stations and parking facilities


Total number of Metro escalators

$150 million

Amount WMATA is investing to overhaul or replace 153 escalators at 25 stations in the Metro system


Number of Metrorail stations


Mileage of Metrorail tracks


Total footage of the Wheaton Station escalator, the longest in the Western hemisphere


The approximate number of city bus and Metrobus stops in the greater Washington area


Approximate number of Metrobus riders daily


Approximate number of Metrobuses that use eco-friendly fuel technologies

Take our poll

■Is the Metrorail system easy for parents and kids to navigate?

A. Very. I travel with children all the time.

B. Somewhat. I avoid it during rush hour.

C. Not at all. It’s easier to drive.

To vote, go to postlocal.com.