WASHINGTON — Metrorail announced Friday that Blue, Orange and Silver lines will see an increase in weekday service starting Valentine's Day.
According to a release from Metrorail, starting Feb. 14 trains will run at least every 20 minutes on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, down from a wait time of 24 minutes. The Red Line continues to run every 12 minutes and the Green and Yellow Lines also run every 20 minutes.
Metro says the increase in service will add capacity, reduce crowding on platforms and offer customers trains as frequently as every seven to 10 minutes.
Weekend service will remain at every 24 minutes on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines, every 20 minutes on Green/Yellow Lines and every 12 minutes on the Red Line.
While more trains will be in service, the return of the 7000-series fleet is still on pause. Staff is instead concentrating on restoring more of the legacy fleet (2000-, 3000-, and 6000-series) in the meantime.
“We appreciate the patience of our customers,” said General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld. “Our focus on making the legacy fleet available is allowing us to gradually add trains for passenger service, and I thank our workforce for their dedication and around-the-clock efforts to improve rail service.”