Transit Service During Severe Weather Conditions

December 5, 2012

This week is Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia. Even though it may not quite feel like winter right now, the chilly weather will soon be here. In case of a major snowstorm or other weather related event, make sure you’re familiar with Arlington Transit’s and Metro’s severe weather policies and how to get service information for both systems.

ART Bus Snow Service

During a storm, Arlington Transit -- ART has three levels of service:

Limited: Routes are modified with some delays in service.

Severe: Routes are greatly modified with limited service and delays. Some routes could be cancelled.

No Service: The route is cancelled.

Routes may be operating on different levels of service depending on road and traffic conditions. More detailed information about service levels for each ART bus route can be found at

ART bus stops that will be served during severe weather conditions will have a blue snowflake (like the one to the left) in the upper corner of the bus flag.

Information about ART bus service can be found by:

Metrorail Snow Service

Metrorail will adjust service depending on the amount of snowfall and track conditions.

Moderate Snowfall (2-6 inches of snow): Service should be fairly normal. There may be delays due to snow removal on the tracks and trains may be more crowded.

Heavy Snowfall (8+ inches of snow): Aboveground rail service may be suspended and only underground stations will be served.

Visit Metro's website for more detailed information about rail service during snowy conditions. 

Metrobus Snow Service

Metrobus will adjust service depending on the amount of snowfall and road conditions.

Moderate Snowfall (2-6 inches of snow or patches of ice): Service may be suspended on steep and narrow streets prone to hazardous road conditions. If conditions worsen service could be suspended.

Heavy Snowfall (8+ inches of snow or heavy icing): Service will run only on the busiest routes in DC, Maryland and Virginia. If road and weather conditions worsen, service may be suspended.

Visit Metro's website for more detailed information about Metrobus service during snowy conditions and to view snow maps for each route. 

Information about Metrobus and rail service can be found by:

  • Visiting
  • Signing-up for MetroAlerts to have service info sent to you via text message or email.
  • Calling Customer Service at 202-637-7000
  • Following Metro on Twitter and Facebook

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Winter Weather Service

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Severe Weather Policy

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