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Metro to Return From Snowstorm With Free, But Very Limited Service

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UPDATE, Monday 11:22 AM:

Metro has reopened a bit more of its rail system, including some above-ground stations, although still just on the Red, Orange, and Green lines. The Red Line is running between Medical Center and Glenmont, the Orange between Ballston and New Carrollton, and the Green from Fort Totten to Branch Avenue. Every Metro station in DC is now open except for the Benning Road on the Blue Line. Trains on the three operational lines are running every 20 to 25 minutes, while the Blue, Silver, and Yellow lines remain closed.

Original post follows.

After shutting down Friday evening for the intense winter storm that left more than two feet of snow in some parts of the DC area, Metro’s rail and bus services will return Monday on very limited schedules. But, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority says all fares will be waived.

The underground portions of the Red, Green, and Orange lines will come back at 7 AM, with trains running every 20 to 25 minutes.

Bus service will be even more restricted. Only 22 routes will be operated, and then only from noon to 5 PM, with buses running at 30-minute headways.

Depending on how many people can get back to their weekday routines, Metro’s bare-bones schedule tomorrow could put extreme stress on the few rail and bus lines operating. However, nearly every area school will be closed again, as will federal offices and most area governments.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.