Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Is Rush+ Over on the Orange Line?

In the mornings in particular, riders are noticing longer headways and a lack of 8-car trains on the Orange Line.

Yesterday, during rush, there was at least a 15-minute headway heading into town from Virginia. The train arrived at East Falls Church with Japan-level crowding. A minute later, another, completely empty train arrived.

From Scott:

What happened to morning rush hour service on the Orange Line (New Carrollton direction) over the past month of so? Now trains are regularly 7-8 minutes apart and are extremely crowded (passengers unable to board) at the Clarendon and Courthouse stations. Also, 8-car trains have basically disappeared in the morning. I notice this during the 8:45-9:15 am period.

Has metro changed the Orange Line schedule, trains used to be 3-4 minutes apart. Also, did they abandon 8 car trains?

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Ridership down 6 percent after fare hikes (Examiner)
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