Metro, parking changes come with end to SafeTrack effort

A train passes through the Dupont Circle Metro station. (Susann Shin/The Current/April 2017)

Metro’s revised hours and fares went into effect this week, intended to accommodate and fund ongoing maintenance following the SafeTrack program’s repair “surges.”

Metrorail’s new schedule is 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Trains will run every eight minutes on most lines, though Red Line service within D.C. and close-in suburbs will be every four minutes. Yellow Line trains will now stop at Mount Vernon Square during rush hour, continuing to Fort Totten only in off-peak hours. Metrorail fares will increase by 10 cents during rush hour and 25 cents at other times. The revised schedule aims to restore some late-night service while also providing time for maintenance.

At the same time, Metrobus lines will see various service changes and timetable adjustments, along with a fare increase from $1.75 to $2. The changes include extended service on various D.C. bus routes that will help make up for reduced rail service. In Northwest those include: the L2 and 42 on Connecticut Avenue; the E4 and H4 cross-town lines; the 30N and 30S on Wisconsin and Pennsylvania avenues; and the 90 and 92 lines from the Duke Ellington Bridge through U Street to Anacostia.

Meanwhile, with SafeTrack over, the city has eased rush-hour parking restrictions that were intended to keep key corridors clear for commuters while Metrorail was under repair. Now, parking is prohibited on designated streets only from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and/or 4 to 6:30 p.m.; each period ends 30 minutes earlier than under SafeTrack.