Washington DC — The Metro board decided unanimously Thursday to back a plan that would extend limited hours of train service through the summer of 2019.
The adjusted hours of operation would take effect July 1, 2017. Metro would run trains from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday. On Fridays, trains would run from 5 a.m. thru 1 a.m. Saturdays would see trains begin at 7 a.m. and run until 1 a.m. On Sundays, trains would run from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.
The adjust times will allow maintenance crews to work enough consecutive hours to accomplish key upgrades to the system.
One plan under consideration would have permanently adjust the train schedule but outcries from elected leaders and the public convinced Metro leaders to adjust their plan to the 2-year plan.
While the trains aren’t running Metro conducts maintenance, inspection and quality control work and works on capital improvement projects meant to maintain or improve the rail system.
Until the changes take effect, Metro will continue to run on a modified system which currently halts all train service at midnight each day of the week.