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D.C. Metro changes: Rush Plus initiative kicks off June 18

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Metro said Monday that changes coming to the transit system will benefit over 100,000 riders per day on the green, yellow, orange and blue lines.

Metro unveiled a new map of its system and offered details about an effort titled Rush Plus, which will kick off on June 18.

Metro said it will add one extra train in each direction every 20 minutes during rush hour on the four lines as part of an effort to relieve overcrowding on trains.

"It gets real crowded. Like sardines," passenger Sonya Smith said of her daily commute between Largo on the Blue Line and U Street on the Yellow and Green Lines.

Extra trains between 6:30 - 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. are intended to help the overcrowding problem.

"My concern is that they would just be piling up behind each other and would not be a net improvement for everybody," said commuter Bruce Rieder. "More trains may not always necessarily be the best thing. More efficient trains may be the best thing."

Under the Rush Plus plan, commuters at the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations will for the first time be able to catch Yellow Line trains in addition to Blue Line trains.

This change will mean less Blue Line trains at those two stations. Metro said less Blue Line trains will stop at Arlington National Cemetery during rush hour. About 16,000 passengers will wait up to six minutes longer than before for trains at that stop.

Additionally, riders from Greenbelt to West Hyattsville will be able to take the Yellow Line as well as the Green Line, and passengers between Largo Town Center and Benning Road will be able to take the Orange Line as well as the Blue Line. 

For more information about the changes coming to Metro, visit WMATA online.

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