Metro to pause rebuilding efforts for Cherry Blossom season
Metro today announced that it will take a break from its aggressive rebuilding efforts to accommodate customers traveling during Cherry Blossom season.
This year's break will take place over four consecutive weekends, beginning Saturday, March 23, and continuing through Sunday, April 14. The only planned weekend work during that time will take place late Sunday evenings, when ridership is light.
"While the work we do almost every weekend is necessary to get the system back to a steady state of safety and reliability, we are in a position where we can take a short break to let everyone enjoy the season," said Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles. "The spring break will give people an opportunity to experience the type of system we are working toward."
On average, Metro ridership increases by more than 15 percent during Cherry Blossom season, and weekend ridership can double to near-weekday levels if the weather is nice.
Customer Travel Tips
During Cherry Blossom season, customers can do their part to help ensure that their trip is pleasant by remembering the following travel tips:
News release issued at 4:01 pm, March 4, 2013.