The busiest subway stop at Metro Center was nearly empty during what would have been rush hours as patrons from Maryland and Virginia heeded stay-at-home orders issued by the governors of those states and the order for District of Columbia residents went in effect at midnight on Tuesday. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** The busiest subway stop at Metro Center was nearly empty during what would have been rush hours as patrons from Maryland and Virginia heeded stay-at-home orders issued by the governors of those states and the order for District of Columbia residents went in effect at midnight on Tuesday. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)

Metro has returned to pre-pandemic levels by restoring most rail and bus services and reducing wait times.

Beginning Sunday, Metrorail operation hours returned to its regular opening times of 5 a.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. Sundays, the transit agency said. Additionally, stations will remain open until 11 a.m. nightly.

Eighty-seven of the system’s 91 stations are open to customers with the remaining undergoing maintenance. Trains are running every eight minutes during rush hours and 15 minutes during off-peak times, with trains on the Red Line operating every 12 minutes during off-peak hours.

Bus service hours will expand beginning Aug. 23, with operations from 4 a.m. to midnight daily, bringing Metrobus service to 75 percent of its pre-pandemic levels on weekdays and 90 percent on Sundays.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld credited additional funds from the federal government for the restoration of service.

“Thanks to our congressional delegation, CARES federal funding makes it possible for us to restore service in support of economic recovery for the national capital region,” Wiedefeld said. “As they return, we want our customers to know that facial coverings are required everywhere on the system, and the more frequent trains and buses we are adding will help you ride socially distant.”

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