DC Metro Announces Reduced Service Over Virus

The DCist reports:

The DC Metro will run reduced service next week to slow the spread of coronavirus, officials said Friday. The move makes DC the first city in the country to reduce its service in response to the outbreak. Starting Monday, its weekday trains will run every 12 minutes and buses will operate on a Saturday schedule, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority said in a statement.

The second largest subway system in the country typically handles more than 600,000 riders per day. On Wednesday, there were 100,000 fewer rides than the same day last year. The Washington Post reported Thursday that DC transit leadership was weighing strategies to keep the system running if employees or their family members contract the virus. New York officials have not said whether they plan to reduce service.