Metro wants more trains on Blue Line
Metro is proposing adding trains to reduce waiting times for riders on its crowded Blue Line, but the improvements would come at the expense of commuters on four other lines.
Under the proposal, rush-hour Blue Line trains would arrive more frequently — every eight minutes instead of the current 12. But the time between trains on the Orange, Silver, Green and Yellow lines would increase from six minutes to eight.
Rush Plus service for the Yellow Line also would end.
Blue Line riders have long complained that their waiting times are the longest in the system. Blue Line service was reduced to make room for the Silver Line, which opened last July. The proposal also means more trains on the Blue Line at peak times — about 56 vs. 36.
The change would have to go through public hearings and be approved by theMetro board to take effect. If the proposal is approved, Metro officials said, the earliest riders could expect the changes would be December.