Metro’s Recovery Plan

August 12, 2020    

In addition to the Silver line reopening on August 16, WMATA will begin adding more Metrorail and Metrobus service and will increase hours of service, restoring service close to pre-pandemic levels. Metro will add more cars to service August 16, and Metrobus will expand its routes August 23.  

Metrorail Service  

Metrorail service will increase to 90% of pre-pandemic service, with morning service hours returning to normalAll Metrorail lines (other than Red line trains) will run every eightminutes during weekday peak hours, and every 15 minutes during off-peak times. Red line trains will operate every 5 minutes during weekday peak hours and every 12 minutes during off-peak times.  

Expanded Hours of Operation  

  • Weekdays: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.  
  • Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.  
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.  

Metrorail Stations Reopening 

  • Wiehle-Reston East, Spring Hill, Greensboro, Tysons Corner, McLean, and West Falls Church  


Paid parking at Metro stations will resume. 

Metrobus Service 

Beginning August 23, Metrobus will start running more frequent servicerestoring approximately 75of pre-pandemic service. Metro will continue loading passengers solely from the rear of the bus and will not have fare collection on-board. 

Expanded Hours of Operation 

4 a.m. – Midnight  

After-Hours Ride-Hailing Program  

To provide additional transportation support for late-night workers, WMATA is increasing its After-Hours Ride-Hailing Program subsidy from $3 to $6 per ride for on-demand transportation service during the hours when Metro’s services are closed. The program, known as the After-Hours Commuter Service, gives qualified workers a subsidy toward Lyft ride for trips between their home and workplace between midnight and 4:00 a.m. 

Learn more and apply on WMATA’s website.  

Safety on Board 

With bus and rail services increasing, WMATA will continue to prioritize safety on Metro cars and buses 

  • Face coverings are required for all employees and passengers  
  • Metro plans to distribute free masks and hand sanitizer to customers  
  • Daily cleaning of stations, railcars, and buses 
  • Pilot UV light sterilization on escalator handrails 

Click here  to view WMATA’s complete phased recovery plan through 2021As always, your Towers Crescent Commuting team is here to help you get around! Please reach out to us  if you have any questionsand be sure to join our closed Facebook group for more Metro updates.