For immediate release: February 17, 2023
More Metrorail service coming to the Red Line on busiest days of the weekBeginning Tuesday, February 21, Red Line customers will see more trains on the busiest days of the week. Trains will operate every 8 minutes all day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, which have become Metro’s highest ridership days as the region recovers from the pandemic.
On Mondays and Fridays, Red Line trains will continue to operate every 8 minutes during the morning and evening rush, and every 10 minutes at all other times until 9 p.m.
The service increase builds on improvements made earlier this month that gave customers on the Blue, Orange, and Blue Plus lines more midweek service. The combined improvements provide customers with better, more frequent service throughout the system with 70 percent of all mid-week rush hour trips served by a train every eight minutes or less. That means customers will spend less time waiting, see more capacity and less crowding on trains, make quicker transfers, and have more time to spend outside of their commute.
As Metro gradually returns more 7000-series trains to service, efforts are also underway to hire and train more rail operators to fill a shortage caused by the pandemic. This will allow Metro to continue to add more trains and improve service for customers across all lines.