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WMATA to extend off-peak service on Yellow and Red lines


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board recently approved a plan to increase off-peak train service on two lines as part of an 18-month pilot program beginning in January 2007.

The authority will extend Yellow Line service beyond the Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center Metrorail station to Fort Totten to provide additional off-peak service to the Shaw-Howard University, African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Columbia Heights and Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metrorail stations. The plan’s $5.75 million cost will be funded by the District of Columbia.

In addition, WMATA will eliminate Red Line train turn-arounds at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station during off-peak periods to provide additional off-peak service to the White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville and Shady Grove stations. That plan’s $2.25 million cost will be covered by the state of Maryland.