Metrorail service schedule is set to change Sunday, June 25. The shortened service schedule will create time needed for track work and maintenance.
On Sunday, June 25, the new service schedule for Metrorail will go into effect. The changes will not affect the peak and rush hour service, however, riders should note the revised train service schedule on weekends, weeknights, and in the early mornings. The new schedule arrives as fares have also changed in Metro’s effort to “rightsize service, close a budget gap and provide needed time for new categories of preventive maintenance to improve safety and reliability.”
On Sundays, the rail system’s new hours will be from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., which will be a one-hour reduction of service. The new hours mean that the day’s first train will leave at approximately 8:30 a.m. while the last train leaves the first stop on the line at roughly 10:10 p.m.
Weekday hours, meanwhile, will be from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The first morning trains scheduled will depart between 30 and 40 minutes after the system opens, while the last trains will depart 50 minutes before the system closes.
Weekend hours will also change -- Metrorail will close at 1:00 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights. Hours on Fridays will be 5:00 a.m. to 1 a.m., and 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays. This is an extension of the 12 a.m. close time that's been in place for the last 13 months; before that, the weekend close time was 3 a.m.
Changes have also been made to bus service routes that pick up at Metro stops. Certain bus routes have been cut back, while extra bus options have been added to assist with transportation after the rail system closes each evening.
The new Metrorail hours will remain set through June 2019. Many in the District, including public officials, are hoping the hours change is temporary, while workers within the Metrorail system hope the new hours will become permanent beyond 2019.
The only exceptions to the new service schedule will be during large events and holidays, however, Metro has made clear that the hours will not be extended past 11:30 p.m. on July 4. Schedule info can be found on Metro's website.