Impending storm could trigger the Metro "snow map"
This weekend, the Metrorail map might look like this:
No, it's not another drastic budget cut, but Metro's "snow map." If this weekend's snowstorm indeed turns out to be the worst December storm since 1982, Metro could shut down all aboveground service, creating a system about the same size as the rail system we had in 1982.
Metro is taking steps to keep the system open for as long as possible, treating parking lots and roadways and deicing sidewalks and platforms. It is likely that non-revenue trains will be run throughout the night tonight to keep the rails free of snow and ice. Some trains have been fitted with deicing equipment to keep the third rail clear.
Metro has canceled the track work previously planned for the Red and Blue lines.
But should the accumulation of snow exceed 6-8 inches, Metro will likely suspend all above-ground service to protect equipment and will allow the agency to devote more resources to keeping the tracks clear.
Bus riders should check Metro's website for information on service disruptions. Routes on hills or narrow side streets will close first, with routes on snow emergency routes staying open longest.
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