WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Compared to a bumpy Friday rush hour caught on tape, the roll out of Metro's Silver Line trials during rush hour Monday was smooth sailing.
Friday at Farragut West, WUSA9 video shows an overflowing platform, riders backed up beyond the escalator and behind the turn-style after a broken train blocked Maryland bound Orange and Blue Line trains for 14 minutes.
WUSA9, partnering with MetroMinder.com, tracked the impact of the Silver Line rollout on several stations including Alexandria's King St. Station.
King St is one of several stations south of Rosslyn that will lose some Blue and Orange Line trains.
Although WMATA has removed two Blue Line trains each hour with the launch of the Silver Line trials, the analysis indicates only slightly longer wait times compared to the same times on the previous Friday and Monday.
Previous Monday (7/14):
To Largo Town Center
Average Trains Per Hour: 4.60
Average Trains Per Hour: 4.80
A Capitol South, the data showed about the same number of trains and waits betweent rains Monday compared to the week before.
At Court House, according to the MetroMinder analysis, WMATA used more trains than the previous Monday, reducing wait times from three minutes to two minutes on average between arrivals.
Metro officials say except for one station, although some lines are being cut to make way for the Silver Line, the number of trains are remaining the same or increasing.
Many Blue and Orange Line riders expressed ill feelings about the cuts, but Metro says the changes will make, at most, an average of two minute longer wait.