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Blue Line Crowding Continues Breaking Records

It has been a little over a year since WMATA cut Blue Line service, making it among the least frequent rush hour trains in the country, so now is a good time to take stock of the repercussions of this

Posted in Data, Overcrowding

Metro Suspends Blue Line Service: Chaos Ensues

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This morning, while attempting to address track problems, Metro suspended all Blue Line train service into DC. At Save the Blue Line, we’ve said repeatedly that 12-minute wait times for the Blue Line lead to overcrowding and dangerous situations on

Posted in Overcrowding, Transfers, Wait times

Late trains compound problems

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If your commute has been anything like mine this week, you are probably getting very well acquainted with your fellow Blue Line passengers as you pack into Metro cars.  While 12 minute trains with perfect spacing would be at or

Posted in Overcrowding

Metro is measuring overcrowding wrong

Have you ever wondered why Metro says that your line is not that crowded even though you can barely get on trains? Customer’s perceptions of overcrowding far exceed what Metro is seeing in their data. As a general rule, if

Posted in Overcrowding

Is the Blue Line getting enough 8-car trains?

Yesterday, DC Metro tried to placate Blue Line riders by stating that up to half of Blue Line trains during rush hour would be 8 cars.  While this seems to indicate that Metro is starting to understand and respond to

Posted in Overcrowding