DC Metro operating on limited schedule after blizzard

DC Metro operating on limited schedule after blizzard
© Greg Nash

The Washington, D.C., Metro subway and bus system is operating on a limited schedule after a blizzard dumped as much as two feet of snow on the nation's capital and surrounding areas.  

The agency that operates the D.C. Metro said it is running "limited underground service" on three of its six subway lines and "lifeline" service on 22 bus routes on Monday after shuttering for the entire weekend for the first time in its 40-year-history. 

The agency announced on Monday morning it is planning to restore above ground service at stations on its Red, Green and Orange lines by 11 a.m. The agency's Yellow, Blue and Silver lines are not operating on Monday. 

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Metro is not charging fares for rail service on Monday. 

The decision to close the Metro on Saturday and Sunday brought the nation's second busiest subway system to a halt as the D.C. area was girding for several feet of snow. 

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The Washington Metro system normally trails only the New York City subway in number of daily passengers.


The D.C. Metro typically carries more than 700,000 passengers per day. By comparison, the New York City subway averages 7.5 million passengers on a daily basis. The New York subway has 233 miles of tracks and 468 stations on its 24 routes. Washington's Metrorail has 117 miles of track and 91 stations on six subway lines.