Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)

DC: Metro to Allow Riders to Carry Water Due to Heat

In light of the excessive heat forecast for today and the remainder of the week, Metro will allow riders to carry and drink water on the system through the end of the service day on July 19.

The exception to Metro's "no eating or drinking" policy applies to water only — in stations and aboard trains, buses and MetroAccess vehicles.

Passengers are encouraged to use reusable containers or bottles that can be tightly secured and to use trash receptacles to dispose of any waste.

Heat safety tips

  • Monitor for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you're not feeling well, don't get on the train. An on-board medical emergency can delay an entire rail line. Instead, wait on the platform and ask a Metro employee to call for medical assistance.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.