WASHINGTON — For the first time in decades, Metro is urging riders not to take the transit system to see the cherry blossoms.
With peak bloom expected this weekend, Metro leaders fear large crowds on its trains or buses could lead to the spread on COVID-19.
“Let's keep trains available for the hospital staff, first responders, and other heroes who need to travel right now. The trees will be there next year,” Metro said in a tweet Tuesday night.
Included with that tweet was a video that featured old newsreel footage of the cherry blossoms, along with words on the screen encouraging folks not to take Metro this year.
“These trees have been around a long time,” the words read. “And they’ll be there next year. Let’s make sure everyone can join us then.”
Metro is urging riders not to take the trains or buses for any non-essential travel, not just to avoid using it for the cherry blossoms.