Metro wants more trains on Blue Line

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Lori Aratani

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.

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