Metro News Release

For immediate release: January 24, 2016

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Metro plans restoration of limited underground Metrorail, "lifeline" Metrobus service for Monday, January 25

Metro today announced the restoration of limited service on Metrorail and Metrobus as the region digs out from the historic Blizzard of 2016. 


The Metrorail system will open at 7 a.m. with limited underground service on the Red, Orange and Green lines as follows:

  • Orange Line: Ballston to Eastern Market only
  • Red Line: Medical Center to Union Station only
  • Green Line: Fort Totten to Anacostia only

At the start of service, trains will run every 20-25 minutes. Service levels may be upgraded as conditions allow. The system will remain open until midnight. Fares will not be charged on Metrorail on Monday, January 25.

For your safety, travel only if necessary. Check before starting your trip or sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updated service information by email or text message.


  • Metrobus service will operate Monday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on “Lifeline Service,” meaning SERVICE WILL BE LIMITED TO 22 ROUTES ONLY. Additionally, many of these routes will operate on snow emergency routes only to keep vehicles off hilly terrain, narrow side streets and other problem areas. Details will be posted at and sent via MetroAlerts.
  • Buses will operate from origin points every 30 minutes on a “clockface” schedule with departures at :00 and :30 each hour. The last trips will depart at 5 p.m. and operate to the end of the route.  
  • Fares will not be charged on Metrobus on Monday, January 25.

The Lifeline Service bus routes are as follows. Note that these buses will operate on Snow Emergency Routes only: 

  • District of Columbia: 32, 33, 36, 53, 70, 90, A6, A8, S4, U8, V4, X2
  • Maryland: C4, D12, K6, P12, Q2, Y2, Z8
  • Virginia: 16A, 16E, 28A 

IMPORTANT: Service changes are possible due to road conditions. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updates.


Due to expected road conditions, all MetroAccess service is SUSPENDED on Monday, January 25. Service will be restored when it is safe to do so; however, a time for service restoration is not yet known.


Metro Transit Police will not enforce overnight parking restrictions Sunday or Monday, and parking gates will remain in the open position through 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to allow vehicles to exit garages free of charge. Parking fees are expected to go back in effect Tuesday, January 26.

How to stay informed

  • Visit Metro’s website,
  • Sign up for MetroAlerts to receive email/text updates at
  • Call 202-637-7000 for recorded updates
  • Follow Metro on Twitter @metrorailinfo @metrobusinfo

Metro’s customer call center is expected to reopen Monday morning.

Travel Tips

  • Before you start your trip, find out how Metro is serving your area and don't let yourself get stranded once you're out.
  • Dress warmly. You may be outside longer than normal.
  • Do not stand in the street while waiting for a bus. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the vehicle. 
  • Use extreme caution when walking on exposed surfaces, including parking lots and station platforms. Never run for a bus or train.
  • Report any unsafe conditions to a Metro employee.

For additional snow information, visit



News release issued at 3:20 pm, January 24, 2016.

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