Red Line Changes May Ease Congestion - NBC4 Washington

Red Line Changes May Ease Congestion



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    Noticed how crowded the Red Line has been lately? Think trains aren't coming fast enough? Well, some changes are coming that Metro says will improve the quality of life for Red Line riders.

    Folks traveling on the Red Line will have to wait longer for a train, but Metro officials say that wait will actually ease congestion. Got it? Now the explanation...

    Metro's interim general manager, Richard Sarles, wants to tweak the Red Line schedule -- something that hasn't been done since 2004. The changes will add anywhere from 2 1/2 to 6 minutes to wait times. To maintain capacity, the Red Line will run more eight-car trains during rush hour.

    Sarles believes the changes will move people along the system at a faster pace and will reduce crowding. The change will likely take effect in June or July.