New Metrorail and Metromover operating hours:
- Monday - Thursday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Friday from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
- Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.
- Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This service adjustment is being made in order to operate more efficiently and utilize operating funds to enhance service where it is most needed. The 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. hours on weekends, and the 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. hours on weekdays were the most underutilized hours of the system, according to the department’s ridership reports.
For riders who typically took advantage of the system in the late evening hours, there are several Metrobus routes -- including the Midnight Owl, Route 500 -- that offer overnight service and travel adjacent to the Metrorail corridor. Other routes that offer overnight service include: 3, 11, 27, 38, L, S, and the Night Owl (246).
Ridership data reflects that the late-night hours are the least utilized times for the service and keeping the system open late has become cost prohibitive because of the low demand during those hours.
In addition, Metrorail service on the Orange Line on weekends will decrease its frequency from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes.
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