Metrorail Service Reduced Operations 10/19

October 17, 2021

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Metrorail will still be operating at a limited capacity til the end of October. 

During the weekend of Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 24, Metrorail will operate from 7 a.m. - 1 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. - midnight on Sunday, serving 88 of 91 stations.  

Metrorail will operate reduced service on all lines throughout the weekend due to the ongoing investigation into last week's Blue Line derailment. All 7000-series railcars have been removed from service, approximately 60 percent of Metro's railcar fleet. Customers should anticipate trains every 15-20 minutes on the Red Line and every 30-40 minutes on all other lines to account for any unplanned disruptions. There is currently no capacity to fill unforeseen gaps, which will result in longer wait times. Crews are working as quickly as possible to put more trains into service. View the Metrorail service & derailment investigation update for additional information. 

****UPDATE****

Reduced Metrorail service is expected to continue until at least Sunday, October 24, as the investigation into the October 12 derailment continues. Beginning Tuesday, October 19, trains will operate every 15 minutes on the Red Line and will continue to operate every 30 minutes on all other lines. Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Federal Center SW only. 

As Metro continues to work closely with the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission and NTSB and more information develops, we will update the public about service.

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Metrorail to operate reduced service Monday, October 18

As part of the investigation into the Blue Line derailment, Metro ihas taken all 748 of its 7000-series railcars out of service pending further inspections, and they will not return to service until they are deemed safe. The 7000-series trains make up approximately 60 percent of Metro’s railcar fleet. Without these railcars, Metro will operate about 40 trains tomorrow – offering a basic service pattern on all lines of trains departing about every 30 minutes. All trains will operate as six-car trains.

As Metro continues to work closely with the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission and NTSB and more information develops, we will update the public about service for the remainder of this week.