The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has announced changes to Metro’s fares, schedules and rail system hours that will take effect on June 25, 2017. The changes are an effort to right-size service, close a budget gap and provide time for new categories of preventive maintenance to improve safety and reliability.
The following changes will be made: most fares on Metrobus and Metrorail will increase between 10-25 cents; trains will arrive slightly less frequently during rush hour; and Metrorail system hours will be adjusted to provide an additional eight hours of track access for improvements.
Rail service changes will include eliminating Yellow Rush+. All Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq. during weekday rush periods and between Huntington and Fort Totten at other times. No changes are being made to off-peak service.
Metro will conduct extensive outreach in the weeks leading up to the June 25 change day, including signage aboard vehicles, at rail stations, MetroAlerts email and text messages, social media, and handouts distributed at high-traffic locations. Information on the changes can also be found on the WMATA web site.