Metro: Red Line Service Has Improved

Metro today announced that Metrorail service has improved on the Red Line with trains arriving every 12 minutes, down from 15 minutes, according to a press release.

Metro said last month that reduced service would continue through at least November 15, as WMATA works to bring its 7000-series fleet back into service.

No update has been given as to when there will be a return to normal service. “We don’t want to get into giving a time frame because, again, that goes against some of the things we already said — wanting to do this right, wanting to continue to be safe,” Metro spokesperson Kristie Benson said to WTOP.

The full press release is below:

Today Metrorail service improved on the Red Line with trains arriving every 12 minutes, down from 15 minutes, and Yellow Line service improved with trains every 20 minutes, down from 30 minutes.

Blue, Orange, and Silver line trains continue to operate every 30 minutes, and Green Line trains are operating every 20 minutes. At stations served by more than one line, trains arrive every 10-15 minutes. Metro will continue to improve service as crews work to make more railcars available.

Most trains are operating with six cars. Customers can expect to see some eight-car trains in service to alleviate crowding when railcar availability allows.

Also today, Metro began testing two 7000-series trains in the system. The eight-car test trains are stopping at stations but are not in passenger service.

Photo: “Silver Spring WMATA Station” by Roadgeek Adam is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0