The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will shut down all rail and bus this weekend in the face of a winter storm that could dump historically ridiculous amounts of snow on the area, the agency’s general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, said at a Thursday-afternoon press conference.
Metro’s rail routes will run from 5 AM to 11 PM Friday and will serve both above- and below-ground stations before closing all-day Saturday and Sunday; bus service will begin Friday morning under a “severe” weather plan, with only routes along major corridors operating before shutting down for the snowy weekend at 5 PM.
“We cannot risk putting our customers out there and leave them stranded,” Wiedefeld said.
Additionally, the District Department of Transportation’s Circulator bus routes will shut down at 5 PM Friday.
The shutdown of rail service will affect the entire system, including underground stations. “Metro will protect hundreds of railcars by storing them in the tunnels during the storm,” a press release from the transit agency reads.