Metro said it does not plan to return to a normal weekday schedule during the evening rush hour Tuesday because it anticipates subway ridership will be far lower than normal, with the federal government and many private employers closed.
Metrorail ridership Tuesday morning was “anemic” compared with normal passenger volume, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said. With the federal government and many private businesses closed because of the snow, the transit authority said it plans to run the subway on a Saturday schedule throughout the day, with fewer trains.
Metro recorded 62,285 passenger boardings on its six rail lines from 5 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Stessel said. That was nearly 80 percent fewer boardings than the 299,841 recorded during the same hours last Tuesday.
Tuesday morning, with Metro using its Saturday schedule, trains ran every 12 minutes on all six lines during the morning peak period, from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Normally during those hours on a weekday, trains on the Orange, Silver, Yellow and Green lines would have run every 6 minutes and Red Line trains would have run at 3- and 6-minute intervals. On the Blue Line, where scheduled service is the slowest, trains run only every 12 minutes during rush hours.
During the late-day peak on weekdays, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., trains normally run at the same frequency as they do during the morning rush. But under the Saturday schedule, trains will run at 12-minute intervals throughout the day.
Metrobus service was restored to some routes –mostly on main thoroughfares– by late morning.
MetroAccess service, which had been suspended because of the weather, will be restored for normal operations on Wednesday. The MetroAccess telephone call center opened at noon Tuesday to assist customers with scheduling reservations. MetroAccess customers are advised that delays and service impacts are possible due to residual road conditions.