BETHESDA, MD — Amid a growing coronavirus pandemic, Metro has shut down 19 of its 91 rail stations indefinitely to limit employees’ exposure to the disease and to conserve cleaning supplies. The closures include the Archives-Penn Quarter, East Falls Church, and Arlington Cemetery stations. Click here for the full list.
Metro advises that its rail and bus systems only be used for essential trips. Translation: Unless you are a frontline health care worker or a person essential to the supply chain (i.e., grocery store employee, gas attendant, liquor store clerk), or have to access critical resources, don’t take the Metro. And if you aren’t feeling well, stay home. Contact your healthcare provider first and follow their guidance.
Here’s everything you need to know if you must take the Metro this weekend:
On Saturday and Sunday, Metro will operate between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Trains will operate every 20 minutes on the Red Line and every 30 minutes on the Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue, Silver LinesThe Platform Improvement Project has begunAll Orange and Silver Line stations west of Ballston-MU are closedNo Silver Line trains (stations between Ballston-MU and Largo Town Center will be served by Orange Blue Line trains)Free express and local shuttle service offered during the summer shutdown
Buses will operate between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.Bus times vary by route (buses arrive every 30 minutes unless otherwise noted)Last buses depart at or before 11 p.m.Passengers should enter and exit buses at the rear doors (unless they use a mobility device or ramp)Fares are waivedNote: Bus operators may skip stops if their vehicle is full (to maintain social distancing)
Service will run during the same hours as rail and bus servicesThe MetroAccess Eligibility Center is closed until further notice
A REMINDER ABOUT FACE COVERINGS/MASKS
All Metro riders must wear a face covering or mask. More guidance can be found here.