Starting Monday, Metro will increase the number of trains it runs on its Red, Blue, Silver, Green, and Yellow lines to help transport the growing number of riders as more people are heading back to offices. The Orange line will keep to its current rate of running trains every 10 minutes.
“Metro is working hard to provide frequent, reliable service to help move our region and grow our economy,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke. “This service increase is another win for our customers and a testament to Metro staff who have worked hard to restore safe, frequent service. We have great service levels available, and we hope that our region and customers use the system, and we see ridership continue to grow.”
The increase in trains will add over 6% more train trips than what Metro is currently running and amounts to 60% more daily train trips than this time in 2022.
The changes mark the most trains the Metro has run in its history.
The increase in train service comes after Metro introduced higher fare gates in July to help reduce fare evasion, a common problem that has plagued the Metro. Since their introduction, fare evasion has gone down by over 70%.
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