The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority issued the following news release Sunday:
In light of updated forecast information from the National Weather Service projecting higher wind speeds, as well as the closure of Federal Government offices in the Washington area and the possibility of widespread commercial power outages, Metro has announced the following service changes for Monday, Oct. 29, 2012:
- The Metrorail system will be closed on Monday. Rail service on Sunday night will continue operate as scheduled until its normal closing time (midnight). No decision has yet been made on when Metrorail service will be restored after Monday.
- All Metrobus service will be suspended as of the end of the service day on Sunday and remain suspended until further notice.
- All MetroAccess service has been cancelled on Monday.
Metro service will only be restored when it is safe to do so. Following the storm, Metro personnel will need to perform a comprehensive damage assessment, including inspections of track, bridges, aerial structures, stations and facilities. Service restoration also will be contingent on adequate commercial power to support operations and repair of any storm-related damage.
Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts for information regarding restoration of service as information is known. Sign up for MetroAlerts at www.wmata.com/metroalerts.
In addition, previously scheduled public hearings on Monday and Tuesday have been cancelled.