Metro riders may be noticing less crowded but also shorter trains amid the holiday season.
The transit agency has stopped running eight-car trains for the second half of the month, as it said it does every December when rail ridership typicallly reaches the lowest levels of the year. It ended them on Dec. 17 and will resume then on Jan. 2, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.
The transit agency may still use longer eight-car trains during track work, as needed, said Metro Deputy General Manager Dave Kubicek. The transit agency has reduced its track work for this weekend and next to accommodate its workers' and contractors' schedules, except on the Green Line.