In the interest of providing railcar maintenance personnel with additional time to address railcar issues, Metro will temporarily reduce the use of 8-car trains on Mondays and Fridays during summer months. This action means that more cars will be available for maintenance activity over four consecutive days each week–from Friday through Monday.
Mondays and Fridays are the lightest ridership days of the week, especially during summer months. On these days, ridership is about 10 percent lower than Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Following the inspection of 4000-series cars, Metro will continue to operate 8-car trains on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. In addition, subject to car availability, Metro will run scheduled 8-car trains on up to half of Blue Line trains on weekdays, including Mondays and Fridays.
These adjustments will conclude at the end of the summer season, shortly after Labor Day. We will provide an exact date for resumption of normal service later in the summer.
Your understanding is appreciated as Metro works to improve the reliability of the ride and reduce delays by aggressively addressing railcar mechanical issues.