Metro is set to reopen more than a dozen rail stations Sunday that were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is opening 15 stations, including Federal Triangle and Smithsonian, that shut down in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19. WMATA is also realigning its bus schedule to create more availability on its busiest routes and cut service on routes low on riders, according to a Metro press release.
“Selected entrances” at nine stations, including Farragut North and Dupont Circle, will also reopen, the release states.
“Metrobus customers on the region’s busiest routes will notice more frequent buses, less crowding and more regular service beginning Monday, June 29,” the release states. “An additional 136 trips are being added across 14 routes.”
Metro is temporarily suspending service on the NH2, C14, G2 and M6 bus lines due to low ridership and is asking that riders use alternate routes in the meantime, the release states.
The release states that riders will be required to board buses from the rear door “until further notice.”
Metro staff will continue to thoroughly clean buses and trains and require that all riders wear a face covering while on a train or bus or at a station, according to the release.
“Metro cannot guarantee that social distancing will be possible at all times, and the transit agency continues to ask customers to consider all of their transportation options, including walking, biking or scooters whenever possible, to make space available for other riders,” the release states.