Metro released its new system map today to showcase its hot new service: Rush Plus.
Rush Plus is designed to ease crowding and improve commuting for riders on the Orange, Blue, Green and Yellow lines, as well as to prepare for the future Silver Line.
As an expansion of rush-hour service, additional trains between Mt. Vernon Square and Greenbelt as well as Vienna and Largo Town Center will become available. This should ease the “Orange Crush,” in which peak Orange Line trains between Court House and Rosslyn carry more riders than anywhere else on the system.
Rush Plus will provide 18 new Orange Line trains between Vienna and Largo Town Center during each rush-hour period. That’s three more trains per hour in each direction during rush hour.
Every third existing Blue Line train will now operate between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt via the Yellow Line bridge, meaning up to six minutes’ additional peak hours wait time for riders who take the Blue Line via Arlington Cemetery.
During rush hour, 18 additional trains will serve the nine stations north of Mt. Vernon Square -- three more per hour in each direction -- and the Yellow Line will extend past Fort Totten to Greenbelt -- the first time riders will be able to travel between Greenbelt and Franconia-Springfield without transferring.
Rush Plus begins June 18.