“By eliminating the turnback, this will result in the doubling of rush-hour service for customers at the four stations north for Grosvenor: White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville and Shady Grove,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said.
On the other end of the Red Line, some trains will continue to turn back toward downtown at Silver Spring rather than continuing on to Glenmont.
“That’s been a long time in the works, so it’s good to have that out there,” Wiedefeld said.
Wiedefeld plans to join Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, Md. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton and other county leaders Monday morning to celebrate the additional service.
“It supports all that development and future development there, [and] it’s one of the reasons why we’re proposing this similar operation on the Yellow Line,” Wiedefeld said.
The Metro Board has not committed to extending all Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt starting next summer. But in addition to increasing service at busy stations, such a change would also simplify operations, because turning a train in the middle of the line during rush hour can be more complicated than turning a train at an end-of-line station.
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