Metrobus resumes limited service at 5 a.m. Friday

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority resumed Metrobus service Friday morning on a limited basis, serving only major roads as the D.C. area continues to dig out from underneath Thursday's double-digit snowfall.

The following routes are expected to have limited service, if conditions permit:

- District of Columbia: 32, 36, 52, 54, 70, 90, 92, A6/A8, S2, X2
- Maryland: 83, A12, C4, C22, D12, F4, J2, K6, P12, Q1, T18, Y9, Z8
- Virginia: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 7A, 9A/REX, 10B, 16A, 22A/25A, 23A, 28A, 29N

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority suspended all Metrobus service around 8 p.m. Thursday as a second blast of snow made its way through the D.C. area.{ } Bus service had previously been restored at 2 p.m. with limited service.

Metrorail service began as scheduled Thursday morning with crews actively clearing snow from outdoor rails and platforms. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said that while ridership was low Thursday morning, running trains is one of the system's most effective methods of keeping tracks clear.

Metrorail ridership as of 9 a.m. is only 6% of a typical Thursday -- 13,658 trips vs 218,778 same time last Thursday. #wmata #snowday

— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) February 13, 2014

For Metro rider Brittany Duncan, the low ridership was by far the nicest part of her trek from from her Cheverly home.

"There's no path, I was walking on the streets, there's no buses running, and I still need to get where I'm going so I had to walk," she explains. "As I was walking, I was getting snow thrown on me from the snow plows and everything."

On Thursday, there were plenty of trains and only a few riders as Metrorail operated with only a few minor weather-related issues.

During the height of the storm, Metro ran trains every six minutes to keep snow from building up on tracks and around the third rail. It’s welcome news for Christopher Jackson, as he heads to work to shovel snow.

"Smooth sailing, made a little money too," he says.

The temporary suspension of service gave Metro crews some time to dig out the bus bays at stations and for conditions to improve on the roads.

"We know our customers are out there, they have places to go,” says Dana Baker, the Director of bus service. Her team is monitoring conditions and tracking buses in real time from the operations communication center in Landover.

"We take our time, make sure our operators know what service level we're going to be operating on and make sure everyone is safe."

Metro ridership was down dramatically Thursday with nearly all schools and many offices closed due to the weather.