Metro announced a host of measures Monday to encourage riders to choose trains and buses again, especially outside rush-hour commutes. The measures include discounts and improved service that will start Sunday, September 5.
Metro’s not suddenly being nice: By the end of June, its figures show rail ridership was down 83 percent over 2019, and bus ridership was down 65 percent.
Among the incentives:
• $2 weekend fares: No matter how far you’re going. It also promises more weekend trains.
• More trains until 9:30 p.m.: It promises waits of three to six minutes at stations served by multiple lines and on the Red Line. You can expect more trains after 9:30 p.m., too.
• Stations will close at 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays: That’s an hour later than now.
• Stations will open at 7 a.m. on Sundays: An hour earlier than at present.
• More buses, more service: Popular lines will get more frequent service. Other lines will see service restorations.
• Discounts: A seven-day regional bus pass will now cost $12 ($6 for seniors and disabled people).
• Free transfers from rail: Getting off the train? You can transfer free to a bus.
• Passes on sale! WMATA says it will offer some unlimited passes for half-off from September 16 to October 15.