Metro News Release

For immediate release: December 26, 2006

Metro Extends Yellow Line to Fort Totten During Off-Peak Hours

The Yellow Line is about to get a little longer.

The Yellow Line will be extended to the Fort Totten Metrorail station during off-peak hours starting Sunday, December 31. The new extended service adds five extra stops on the northern end of the line and will provide additional off-peak rail service to customers traveling to the Shaw-Howard U, U St/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Columbia Heights and Georgia Ave-Petworth Metrorail stations.

Weekday off-peak service (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will operate every six minutes. Week night (after 7 p.m.), and weekend service will run every 7 ½ to 10 minutes.

"We listened to what community asked and needed," said Jim Graham, Metro Board Member who represents the District of Columbia. "During a Town Hall meeting last year, customers of the Columbia Heights, U Street and Petworth neighborhoods told us they wanted more train service because their neighborhoods were experiencing rapid development. Now, the Yellow Line extended service to Fort Totten will help support the area’s development and urban lifestyle," he said.

The trip from Huntington to Fort Totten will be six to 10 minutes faster with this new service, which helps connect Northern Virginia with Columbia Heights, Petworth and the U Street neighborhoods.

The 18-month pilot costs $5.75 million and will be paid by the District of Columbia.

Metro’s online Trip Planner is already programmed with the new train schedules and routes that will get you to your destination via the most direct route, including this new Yellow Line Extension to Fort Totten during weekends and off-peak.

News release issued on December 26, 2006.