Metrobus begins restoring limited bus service as conditions improve
As of 6 p.m., Metrobus began restoring some service under its severe snow service plan on a route-by-route basis as weather conditions improve. Still, some areas remain hazardous due to snow and refreezing. As such it may not be possible to restore all 68 routes that normally operate under the severe snow plan. Metro expects extremely limited Metrobus service continuing through the evening. Service will be restricted to major corridors only; however, most routes will remain suspended for the safety of customers and employees.
As road crews work to clear snow and treat roads during the evening and overnight hours, Metro will evaluate conditions and gradually restore service as it becomes safe to do so. Delays and detours are expected, particularly on routes that operate on hills, curves or narrow streets. Customers should allow additional travel time and limit trips to essential travel only.
Metro encourages anyone going to bus stops to use caution, as sidewalks and walkways remain slippery and may not be cleared of snow. In areas where large amounts of snow have been plowed against street curbs, customers are advised not to stand in the street but instead wait on the sidewalk until the bus arrives.
Red Line shuttle buses operating between Shady Grove, Rockville and Twinbrook stations for the Rockville Canopy Replacement Project are operating as scheduled.
On Tuesday, January 4, Metro expects to continue restoring bus service starting the morning on a severe snow service plan. As additional roads become safe for bus operations, Metro will determine if additional service may be restored.
As bus service resumes on a route-by-route basis, Metro will update customers through MetroAlerts text and email messages, on the Status and Alerts page at wmata.com, and through Twitter @MetrobusInfo. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive the latest service information.