Metro to suspend service during blizzard
Metro today announced major service changes and suspensions on Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess in advance of a potentially historic blizzard affecting the National Capital Region. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the Metro service area from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, and the effects of the storm are expected to impact the region into early next week.
“This is not a storm that anyone should take lightly, and I would urge all residents to plan to get to a safe place before the storm arrives Friday afternoon,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “The actions we are taking today are all in the interest of our customers’ and employees’ safety, and will help us return to service once the storm passes and the snow is cleared.”
Wiedefeld will activate the agency’s Emergency Command Center (ECC) starting at 4 p.m. Friday, with around the clock coverage during the storm. The ECC will coordinate all Metro response efforts, including protecting rail and bus equipment, responding to weather-related problems, and coordinating the clearing of station platforms, parking lots, garages, bus loops, rail yards and storage facilities.
How to stay informed
Metro’s customer call center will close at 5 p.m. Friday at the conclusion of Metrobus service. The call center is expected to reopen at noon Sunday (weather and road conditions permitting).
Metro essential personnel are expected to report to work as scheduled. Non-essential employees will be dismissed at noon Friday.
News release issued at 4:14 pm, January 21, 2016.