Day One Of Metro's Rush Plus Adds Trains, Confusion

8:07 PM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  The first day of Metro's Rush Plus drew a mix of smooth operation and confusion. One rider said, "This is crazy! They're passing out these papers and I don't even know how to read it. I don't know what's going on."

Metro riders tried to make sense of Rush Plus. It's supposed to make the busiest trains at the busiest stations less crowded. But on day one, it also made for more confusion.

One rider said, "The conductors are telling you one thing and you're trying to read the lines and the signs on the train. So I just hope I get to the right station at the right time."

Orange Line riders are the biggest beneficiaries, with three new trains an hour between Vienna and Largo Town Center. Riders like the idea of more trains to get where they're going.

But more trains on the Orange Line mean fewer trains on the Blue line. For Blue Line riders, Rush Plus is actually more of a minus.

One of the biggest changes is a new version of the Yellow Line, all the way up here at Greenbelt, a Green line station.

Metro officials say that if you remember nothing else about Rush Plus, the key to understanding it is to check the destination and make sure you're going in the right direction.

What did riders think the first day? Some said,  so far, no big deal, but another said, "I'll have to tell you at the end of the day. If we get there on time and get home on time, that will be the best bet."

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