How to get around as snow potentially turns to ice

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Here's everything you need to know about transportation in the D.C. area as the temperatures drop below freezing and the melting snow potentially freezes.

METRO

MetroAccess

  • MetroAccess service for customers with disabilities will be restored Wednesday morning.

Metrobus

  • Metrobus service on Wednesday morning will start on a "Moderate" snow service plan.
  • Expect additional bus service to be added as the sun rises and and potential ice melts.
  • Allow additional travel time. Check www.wmata.com before traveling.
  • Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updates via email or text message.

Metrorail

  • Regular weekday service on all lines, except where SafeTrack work is being done.
  • SafeTrack single-tracking on the Blue and Yellow lines will remain in effect; however, personnel assigned to SafeTrack work will be redeployed to snow-clearing operations.
  • SafeTrack shuttle buses between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon are not operating.
  • Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updates via email or text message.

RELATED: Winter Storm Warning: Biggest snow of the season arrives

MARC

The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) will run on a normal schedule Wednesday.

The Mobility / Paratransit service will start at 6 a.m. Wednesday, but for the safety of drivers and customers, Mobility service will only be available in locations where ice and snow have been removed.

VRE

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is operating on a regular service schedule Wednesday.

D.C. Department of Transportation

DDOT salt trucks pretreated roads Tuesday evening ahead of a potential refreeze Tuesday night.

The D.C. Department of Public Works resumes street sweeping and bulk trash pickup on Wednesday.

Virginia Department of Transportation

Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, crews will retreat icy areas with salt and sand. They also plan to clear shoulders, ramps, and drainage areas and clear neighborhood streets.

Maryland Transportation Authority

At 3:00 p.m. , the snow emergency plan to enable immediate removal of abandoned vehicles from state roads and highways. It was implemented in the following counties: 

  • Baltimore
  • Howard
  • Anne Arundel
  • Prince George’s
  • Montgomery
  • Harford
  • Cecil 
  • Frederick
  • Washington 

The snow emergency plan applies to any state highway designated by the MDOT State Highway Administration as a ‘snow emergency route.’

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