WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — In an effort to reduce crowding and transferring while serving more customers, Metro has announced new plans for its rush hour service.

The plans, called Rush+, go into effect on June 18.

Metro says its plans will improve service for nearly 110,000 riders on the Green, Yellow, Blue and Orange lines.

In all, 17 stations will benefit from more frequent service with six additional trains each hour during the rush hour period.

Orange Line

Metro will add six additional trains per hour, three in each direction, during rush hour. Officials say this is an 18 percent increase (2,600 seats per hour) over current capacity.

Blue and Yellow Lines

Metro will increase the share of Yellow Line trains during rush hour, which has the greater ridership of the two lines. Travelers of the Blue Line via Arlington Cemetery will have their wait time increased by a maximum of six minutes due to the increased focus on the Yellow Line.

Green and Yellow Lines

Stations north of downtown on the Green and Yellow Lines will receive 18 additional trains during rush hour.

Stations between Shaw-Howard and Greenbelt will add six additional Yellow Line trains per hour, three in each direction, during rush hour.

In addition, riders will be able to travel from the Greenbelt and Franconia-Springfield stations without transferring.

Metro estimates 28,000 customers will benefit from the change along these lines.

New Map

To reflect the changes, Metro has unveiled a map. Dashed lines indicate changes to rush hour service.

metro map Metro Adding More Trains, Offering Transfer Free Service For Rush Hour

The new Rush+ Metro Map (credit: WMATA)

A full-size version of the map is available for download.

  1. ArlingtonGuy says:

    No, this plan does NOT add trains. It simply SHIFTS some train service in Virginia from the Blue Line to the Orange and Yellow Lines. That will help to decrease overcrowding on the Orange Line, but it will increase wait times and increase crowding on the Blue Line.

    And the relief for Orange Line riders in Virginia will be only temporary. When the new Silver Line to Dulles opens, that will feed new trains and riders onto Orange Line tracks – which means fewer Orange Line trains, and a new round of overcrowding for Orange Line riders.

    Metro really can’t do much to increase overall rush-hour capacity, because of its antiquated 2-track system, which precludes express trains. But don’t pretend that this current “rush+” will do much to resolve the longstanding problem of system capacity during rush hour.

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