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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) yesterday released preliminary details of its COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan, a flexible blueprint for ramping up service as the District of Columbia region prepares for recovery.
The recovery plan will follow four phases:
During the stabilization period this summer, WMATA will take advantage of low ridership to perform state-of-good-repair construction projects.
The plan includes targeted week-long shutdowns of three to five stations at a time for track maintenance and upgrades. The first shutdown is scheduled for June 7-13 at the L'Enfant Plaza, Waterfront and Navy Yard stations.
WMATA’s recovery plan is aligned with steps planned by local governments and employers, including the federal government, agency officials said in a press release.
The plan’s success depends on a sustained downward trajectory in infections and a gradual ramp-up in service and ridership. The phases coincide with the relaxing of stay-at-home policies, return to workplaces, and the widespread availability of testing, treatment and a vaccine, among other variables.
Efforts to reduce exposure to the virus will continue until treatments and/or a vaccine are developed to lessen the public health risk, officials said.