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Metro Update: New hours, fares and service changes effective this Sunday, June 25, 2017

Changes to fares, schedules, and rail system hours will take effect Sunday, June 25, 2017. The changes, approved by the Board of Directors earlier this year, are part of an effort to rightsize service, close a budget gap and provide needed time for new categories of preventive maintenance to improve safety and reliability.

Among the changes taking effect, most fares on Metrobus and Metrorail will increase between 10-25 cents; some low-ridership bus routes will be discontinued; trains will arrive slightly less frequently during rush hour; Metrorail system hours will be adjusted to provide an additional eight hours of track access weekly to improve safety and service reliability.

New Metrorail Hours of Operation


Monday - Thursday

5:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.


5:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.


7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.


Some Metrobus routes will add trips to provide service in key corridors that no longer have late night or early weekend rail service. Visit to find out when the last train serves the stations you use.

Fare Changes

Use the TripPlanner at to learn your new fare, then add value to your SmarTrip card to cover your new fare.


  • Rail: For Metrorail customers, most fares will increase by 10-25 cents. A new one-day unlimited rail/bus pass will be available for $14.75, while the monthly SelectPass will continue to be the best value option for regular rail customers.
  • Bus: Regular Metrobus fares will rise to $2, a 25 cent increase from $1.75 and still among the lowest bus fare nationally. In response to concerns from riders, Metro will keep its unlimited, seven-day bus pass priced at $17.50 to allow frequent bus riders to avoid the quarter-per-trip increase. Express bus fares will increase from $4 today to $4.25, and Airport buses (Routes 5A and B30) will increase from $7.00 to $7.50.
  • Parking: Parking fees have been adjusted – check for the new fees.
  • MetroAccess: MetroAccess fares will continue to be calculated at two times the fastest comparable fixed-route rate, with the maximum charge of $6.50 remaining the same. Daily parking rates will change at all Metro-operated facilities.

Rail Service Changes

During weekday rush periods, rail service will operate as follows:

  • Trains will depart endpoints every 8 minutes on each line.
  • At stations served by more than one line, trains will arrive every 3-4 minutes.
  • Additional Red Line service will run between Grosvenor and Silver Spring, resulting in trains arriving every 4 minutes between those stations.
  • Service will become more frequent for Blue Line riders, where trains are now scheduled every 12 minutes.
  • In addition, Yellow Rush+ will be eliminated. All Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt Vernon Sq during weekday rush periods, and between Huntington and Fort Totten at other times.


No changes are being made to off-peak service. View the updated map at

Bus Service Changes

The following routes will have new timetables that reflect schedule changes, added or discontinued trips, or trip time adjustments. Detailed information about these bus service changes can be found at


  • District of Columbia: 30N, 30S, 42, 43, 52, 54, 64, 70, 80, 90, 92, 96, A2, A6, A8, D8, E4, E6, G2, G8, H4, H8, L2, N2, N4, N6, S1, S2, S4, S9, W4, X2
  • Maryland: 89, B30, C4, C11, C13, C21, C22, C26, F4, F13, H11, H12, H13, J2, J5, K6, P12, P17, P18, P19, Q1, Q4, T2, W13, W14, W19, Y2, Y7, Y8, Z7
  • Virginia: 1A, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2T, 5A, 7W, 7X, 10A, 10N, 13Y, 15K, 15L, 16B, 16E, 16J, 16P, 16Y, 17A, 17B, 17F, 17M, 18P, 18R, 18S, 23B, 28A, 28X, 38B, REX

For more information about the changes to fares, service and hours of operation that take effect on June 25, and for printable handouts in multiple languages, visit

We know that these proposed changes may impact you and your organization - please forward this information along to others who may be affected in your organization so that they can provide feedback. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Lisa Schooley
External Relations
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Posted by Phil Dignan | Posted June 19, 2017 at 12:01 PM


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002