Heat Wave Takes Toll on D.C. Region

Metro Lifts No Water Policy Through Sunday

Water permitted on board trains due to extreme heat

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012  |  Updated 1:41 PM EDT
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Metro is lifting its no drinking policy once again as temperatures climb to dangerous levels the rest of this week.

Metro riders will be permitted to carry and drink water on the system from Thursday afternoon through system closing on Sunday.

The exception to Metro's "no drinking" policy applies to water only in stations and aboard trains, buses and MetroAccess vehicles.

All scheduled track work for this weekend will proceed as planned.

Metro said customers are reminded to:

  • Monitor for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you're not feeling well, don't get on the train. An on-board medical emergency can delay an entire rail line. Instead, wait on the platform and ask a Metro employee to call for medical assistance.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.

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