WASHINGTON -- Metro is enhancing rush hour to serve more customers, reduce crowding and provide new transfer-free travel opportunities. It's all called Rush+ and it began June 18.
Rush+ will improve service for nearly 110,000 customers on the Green, Yellow, Blue and Orange lines. Twenty-one stations will get more frequent service with six additional trains every hour of rush hour.
Ÿ During peak periods, more than 46,000 Orange Line customers will benefit from six additional trains per hour - three in each direction - between Vienna and Largo Town Center. This will result in 18 percent more capacity on the line, or approximately 2,600 seats per hour.
Ÿ For 33,500 Blue and Yellow Line customers in Virginia, Rush+ will increase the share of Yellow Line trains, meaning more direct and faster access to downtown via the Yellow Line bridge. A smaller number (about 16,000) weekday peak-period customers who travel on Blue Line trains via Arlington Cemetery will experience a maximum of six-minutes additional waiting time for a train.
Ÿ Stations of the Green and Yellow lines from L'Enfant Plaza to Greenbelt will benefit from 18 additional trains during rush hour periods (six additional trains each peak hour, three in each direction). And for the first time, you will be able to travel from Greenbelt to Franconia-Springfield without transferring. More than 28,000 customers will benefit from the change.
On the map, trains that operate between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt are shown by extending the Yellow Line - with dashed lines to indicate "rush-hour only "- to both new endpoints. Regular Yellow Line service between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq/Fort Totten is reflected with a solid Yellow Line. Similarly, a dashed extension Orange Line has been added to the map between Stadium-Armory and Largo Town Center to reflect the new trains that will operate between Vienna and Largo Town Center.
An option for Blue Line customers is Metrobus Route 9E or 10E, which will now include service to Rosslyn via Crystal City during rush hour. For more information, visit www.wmata.com.