Metro to reduce track work levels for holidays

Local,Transportation,Kytja Weir

Metro plans to suspend much of its track work for the weekends before Christmas and New Year's - during what is typically the lowest ridership month of the year.

The transit agency plans to force Green Line trains to share a single track between Greenbelt and College Park during both this coming weekend and the next, Dec. 29-30. But all other lines will have normal weekend service, a change from recent weeks when the agency has been undertaking major work including shutdowns.

December has had the lowest ridership of any month in the last 10 years at the agency, except in February 2010 when ridership flagged due to limited service amid days of massive snow and government shutdowns. June and July, meanwhile, have the highest ridership, according to agency records.

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