For immediate release: April 2, 2020

Weekend: Metro to again run limited bus, rail service for essential travel only

As it has the past two weekends, Metro will operate significantly reduced rail and bus service on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, maintaining a core network of 27 “lifeline” bus routes and providing twice-hourly rail service on all lines for the region’s essential travel need.

STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS IN EFFECT: Anyone using Metro should travel only if absolutely necessary for essential purposes as stipulated under stay-at-home Executive Orders in effect throughout the Metro service area. Essential travel includes first responders, hospital staff, critical government employees, grocery and pharmacy workers, and others who must work during the public health emergency. Unless traveling for an essential purpose, you are urged to stay at home.

If you are feeling sick, do not use Metro or any other form of public transportation. Instead, call your doctor before leaving your home to discuss appropriate transportation.

Customers traveling this weekend should allow wait times of up to 30 minutes between buses and trains on the same line. With weekend ridership down more than 90 percent on rail and more than 70 percent on bus since Metro first began urging the public to limit travel to essential trips, this level of service provides adequate space for proper social distancing, while also reducing the public exposure of Metro’s frontline employees.

On Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, service will operate as follows:


• Hours: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

• Service: Trains run every 20 minutes on Red Line, every 30 minutes on all other lines. Stations served by multiple lines have more frequent service.

• Stations: 19 of Metro’s 91 rail stations are closed until further notice.

• Boarding Change: First and last cars of all trains are closed to the public for the protection of train operators and other essential Metro staff. All trains are 8 cars in length. Use cars 2-7 and maintain social distancing while aboard the train.


Hours: First bus times vary by route. Bus service will continue until 11 p.m. Last buses depart starting points at 11 p.m.

Routes: 27 designated routes only – less than a third of typical Sunday service.

Service: Buses arrive every 30 minutes unless otherwise noted. See list below.

Boarding Change: All customers should enter and exit the bus using the REAR DOOR, except individuals using mobility devices or require bus kneeling. Fares are waved during this time.

• For your safety: Bus operators may bypass bus stops if the vehicle cannot safely accommodate additional passengers while maintaining adequate social distancing.

Buses routes operating April 4-5:

• 54 – 14th Street Line

• S4 – 16th Street Line

• 70 – Georgia Avenue – 7th Street Line

• 83 – College Park Line (Sunday Schedule)

• 90 – U Street – Garfield Line

• C4 – Greenbelt – Twinbrook Line

• X2 – Benning Road – H Street Line

• 16C – Columbia Pike Line

• 28A – Leesburg Pike Line

• 29K, 29N – Alexandria – Fairfax Line (Sunday Schedule)

• 30N, 30S – Friendship Heights – Southeast Line

• A6, A8 – Anacostia – Congress Heights Line

• B2 – Bladensburg Road – Anacostia Line

• D12 - Oxon Hill-Suitland Line (every 60 minutes) (Sunday Schedule)

• F4 - New Carrollton-Silver Spring Line

• H4 – Crosstown Line

• J2 – Bethesda – Silver Spring Line

• K6 – New Hampshire Avenue – Maryland Line

• P12 – Eastover – Addison Road Line

• REX – Richmond Highway Express (Sunday Schedule)

• V4 - Capitol Heights-Minnesota Avenue Line

• W4 – Deanwood – Alabama Avenue Line

• Y2 – Georgia Avenue – Maryland Line

• Z8 – Fairland

Hospital Shuttles: New shuttles using MetroAccess vans will be available to all customers connecting three rail stations with hospitals from 8 a.m. through 11 p.m. to match the rail schedule.

Sibley Hospital

Shuttle from: Friendship Heights Station

Transfer location: Bus Bay G, Stop #2001506

Georgetown University Hospital

Shuttle from: Dupont Metro (Q Street)

Transfer location: Bus Stop #1003746

Prince George’s Hospital

New Carrollton (South Side)

Bus Bay A, Stop #3003032

MetroAccess: All subscription trips remain canceled. Please limit travel to only the most essential trips.

About Metro’s Response

Metro’s Pandemic Task force continues to monitor the COVID-19 health emergency around the clock and will take any necessary action to protect the health and safety of Metro’s employees, customers and the community. Metro is currently operating at Phase 3 of its Pandemic Flu Plan, the highest level of response. While Metro makes every effort to provide the public with as much notice as possible, due to the ongoing emergency, it may be necessary to modify or suspend service with little or no advance notice to protect the health and safety of employees, customers and the public. All essential travelers are advised to sign up for MetroAlerts at or follow us on Twitter @Metrorailinfo @Metrobusinfo for notification of service changes.

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