Metro News Release

For immediate release: September 12, 2011

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Yellow, Blue, Orange and Red Line service affected by weekend track work September 16-18
Yellow Line trains will operate via the Blue Line

This weekend, September 16-18, all Yellow Line trains will be rerouted over the Blue Line via Arlington Cemetery as Metro conducts annual bridge inspections over the Potomac River. In addition, Metro will advance important track work on the Blue, Orange and Red lines, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, September 16, and continuing through closing on Sunday, September 18.

Customers should take note of the following service impacts:

Yellow Line – 10 p.m. Friday through closing on Sunday

  • Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Stadium-Armory stations via the Blue Line (through Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn) to allow for inspection of the Yellow Line bridge.
  • Throughout the weekend, Yellow Line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 20 minutes.
  • The last Yellow Line train from Huntington station on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights will depart 15 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Customers should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time.

Blue Line – 10 p.m. Friday through closing on Sunday

  • Blue Line trains will share one track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road as crews make repairs to the floating slabs underneath the rails to provide a smoother ride.
  • Throughout the weekend, Blue Line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time.

Orange Line – 10 p.m. Friday through closing on Sunday

  • Orange Line trains will share one track between Vienna and West Falls Church while personnel replace cross ties and insulators.
  • Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time.

Red Line – 10 p.m., Friday through closing on Sunday

  • Red Line trains will share one track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook as Metro conducts rail and infrastructure renewal work.
  • Red Line trains will share one track between Takoma and Forest Glen as Metro performs station platform upgrades.
  • Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate approximately every 24 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont stations. On Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., additional Red Line trains will operate between Grosvenor and Fort Totten, resulting service about every 12 minutes between these stations.
  • Red Line customers should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time.

Weekday Service Information

During the week of September 12-16, track work will take place during off-peak hours on the Red, Blue and Green Lines. Customers should note the following minor service impacts:

Red Line – 10 p.m. through closing Monday through Thursday

  • Red Line single tracking between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor (rail renewal and tunnel leak repairs).
  • No delays expected.

Red Line – 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

  • Red Line single tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook (rail and tie renewal).
  • No delays expected.

Blue Line – 10 p.m. through closing Tuesday through Thursday

  • Blue Line single tracking between the Stadium-Armory and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant (floating slab repairs).
  • No delays expected.

Green Line – 10 p.m. through closing on Monday

  • Green Line single tracking between Greenbelt and College Park (rail renewal).
  • No delays expected.

Green Line – 10 p.m. through closing Tuesday through Thursday

  • Green Line single tracking between Mt. Vernon Square and Georgia Ave (prep work for switch replacement).

Metro is advancing a six-year, $5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is focused on safety and bringing the Metro system into a state of good repair. In FY2012, the CIP includes projects to replace escalators; retrofit track; replace critical track circuitry and equipment along the right of way; rehabilitate third-rail power systems, running rail and track pads; modernize 12 stations; replace 100 Metrobuses and the rehabilitate 100 more; renovate three bus garages; and install 30 new track turnouts.

The Trip Planner on Metro’s website will not reflect the impact of this work on schedules. For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, customers may call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780, or visit wmata.com.

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News release issued at 9:10 am, September 12, 2011.


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