WMATA News Release
2:38 pm, July 17, 2012
Customers permitted to drink water aboard Metro on Wednesday
In consideration of the National Weather Service's heat advisory, Metro customers will be permitted to carry and drink water on the system on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
The exception to Metro's "no drinking" policy applies to water only — in stations and aboard trains, buses and MetroAccess vehicles. Customers are encouraged to use containers that can be tightly secured and to use trash receptacles to dispose of any waste.
Earlier today, Metro advised customers of the potential for speed restrictions as a safety precaution during periods of extreme heat. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive unplanned delay and service information via email or text message.
Customers are reminded to:
•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.