These ameliorations are to incentivize people to take the metro and bus again.
As the city opens up, but as the delta variant looms, the DC Metrorail is making efforts to improve itself for commuters. Starting September 5, many positive changes will be implemented to the metro and bus system.
Metro Board Chair Paul Smedberg said in the press release, “this is a time of change for Metro and our customers, and it’s an opportunity to make our service work better for all riders whether they take Metro to work, the grocery store, visit family or friends or just get around town.” Below are the changes being made.
1. Trains and buses will run longer
Open later on the weekends and open earlier on Sundays is an initiative Metro rail is taking. Indeed, in July, Metrorail announced the metro would stay open until midnight, now on Fridays and Saturdays, the metro will be open one hour more, until 1 a.m. On Sundays, it will open an hour earlier, at 7 a.m. Buses will run from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2. More trains and buses will be in effect
Wait time between trains will be between two and seven minutes all day because more trains will be circulating on the lines. More buses will be added to the busiest lines so that wait time is reduced as well.
3. Cheaper fares
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced that to make the metro a more efficient method of transportation during the weekend, not only will the wait time be diminished but also the fare will be “just $2 for a one-way trip anywhere on the rail system.” Additionally, bus transfers will be free.
Indeed, with these alluring changes, Metrorail hopes to encourage people to take the metro and bus again. The transit system has been hit hard by the pandemic, so these adjustments are to hopefully gain commuters’ trust back in the metro system.
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