Metro News Release

For immediate release: October 26, 2012

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Metro prepares for Sandy
Customers urged to sign up for MetroAlerts for service information via text message or email

 Preparations are well underway -- both on Metrobus and Metrorail -- for the possible effects of Hurricane Sandy.  

  • Metro is planning to place sandbags around locations where water can infiltrate the Metrorail system.
  • Additional support personnel have been scheduled to be on duty throughout the storm to respond to any situations that may arise.
  • All drainage pumping stations are being checked in advance of the storm and will be monitored throughout the storm.
  • Metro's plant maintenance staff is clearing drainage areas near stations and yards.
  • Chainsaws will be deployed in Metro motor vehicles for use in the event of downed trees.
  • Supervisors will monitor critical locations, such as bus garages, parking garages, and flood-prone areas throughout the storm.
  • Metro is coordinating with local jurisdictions and the Federal Government through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Customer Advice

  • The best advice for Metro customers before the storm is to sign up for MetroAlerts.  Metro will provide the latest bus and rail service information throughout the storm via MetroAlerts (sign up at, online at and via Twitter @wmata.
  • Metrobuses and MetroAccess vehicles will detour around downed trees and flooded streets, as necessary. Please allow additional travel time.
  • Use caution on wet surfaces, including platforms and escalators.
  • Do not carry open umbrellas within the Metrorail system.
  • Customers are reminded to stand back from platform edges or curbs – especially given the potential for high winds during the storm.

News release issued at 2:53 pm, October 26, 2012.

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