Metro Updates: cash-free pilot, summer projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DCW50 has you covered on the latest Metro updates and changes.

Summer Projects

First, Metro is reminding customers of their upcoming summer improvement projects that will affect rail service. The projects are to improve safety and reliability and will impact customers who use the Red, Orange and Silver lines.

The work will begin Saturday, July 21, and continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. The structural work cannot be completed while trains are running on either track and will resolve platform conditions that affect the alignment between the platform and trains, presenting challenges for customers with disabilities.

A few stations will be closed and trains will run differently. For a list of alternate routes put together by Metro, click here.

Cash-free Pilot

Metrobus will begin a cash-free pilot on Route 79 in D.C. to make trips faster called MetroExtra that launches Sunday, June 24.

Customers boarding the bus will need to pay with a SmarTrip card. Cash and coins will not be accepted and you won’t be able to add money to your SmarTrip card on the bus. The pilot program will test whether going cash-free on Route 79 MetroExtra will make boarding quicker and improve travel times.

Customers will still be able to pay with cash on other routes, including Route 70 which serves many of the same stops as Route 79 MetroExtra.

Rosslyn Bus Tunnel Opens

Metro will also open the new Rosslyn Bus Tunnel on Sunday, June 24. The bus-only tunnel between North Moore and North Lynn streets will eliminate the long-term construction detour and improve on-time performance.

These are some of the changes being made to 54 routes in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland to improve service and on-time performance.

To learn about additional bus service changes happening Sunday, click here.