Metro working to restore public transit to pre-pandemic normal

Metro says it is finalizing plans to restore public transportation in the D.C. area to “pre-COVID” levels of service.

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As officials in D.C.’s metropolitan area shut down businesses and services in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, WMATA dramatically cut down its level of service.

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WMATA officials described the restoration as “the largest – and likely most complex – service change” in its 44-year-old history.

The first phase of rail service changes are slated to go into effect on Sunday, Aug. 16 – and that will include restoring Silver Line service for the first time since Memorial Day.

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In addition, six Fairfax County stations will reopen following planned summer work – thus opening 87 of 91 stations.

Metro says trains will run every eight minutes during rush hours, and every 12 minutes during off-peak times.

On Sunday, Aug. 23, Metrobus schedules will resume across the DMV – including restoration of routes that haven’t been used in months.

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