Snow slams MARC, VRE, Metro, Amtrak services

Metrorail weekday ridership has failed to significantly rebound from the additional declines it faced last year and weekend ridership has cratered in Northern Virginia, new data shows (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — The snow that hit the D.C. area has seriously hampered Virginia Railway Express, Metro and Amtrak service Wednesday.

Here’s what you need to know:

Metrorail has significantly cut back service as of 11 a.m. with trains only running every 12-15 minutes.

Metrobus switched to a severe snow plan. That means buses will only be operating on major roads. Read more about the impacted routes on WMATA’s website.

MetroAccess is no longer taking “outbound” trips, meaning it will only take people who are already out back home.

Virginia Railway Express has canceled service for Wednesday.

All MARC train service is suspended for Wednesday.

Maryland Commuter Bus and MobilityLink services are canceled Wednesday. LocalLink and Metro SubwayLink are operating.

In Prince George’s County, TheBus and Para-transit services have been terminated for Wednesday.

For Loudoun County residents, all Loudoun County Commuter Bus and Metro Connection Bus Services are canceled Wednesday. All Local Fixed Route bus services are starting on a regular schedule but could be suspended or canceled depending on snow totals and road conditions. ADA/Paratransit bus services are canceled.

In Frederick County, TransIT service will end early. Check their official page for more information.

Amtrak has canceled dozens of Northeast region trains running Wednesday. That includes several Acela trains to New York and Boston, as well as one train along the Capitol Limited line to Chicago and two trains each along the New York/Miami Silver Meteor and Silver Star lines. Read more details about Amtrak’s service changes on its Twitter account

Check their alerts page for full details.

For more travel and transit updates, visit WTOP’s traffic page, follow us on Twitter @WTOPtraffic, and listen to live traffic reports every 10 minutes on 103.5 FM or via our online stream.

Will Vitka

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