Metro track work scheduled for weekend of January 6-8 on Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines
Metro will continue to advance rebuilding efforts over the weekend of January 6-8, 2012, with trains sharing the same track along portions of the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday night.
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through closing Sunday, Red Line trains will single track in two areas: between Dupont Circle and Friendship Heights to allow for NTSB-recommended track circuit replacement -- a key step in restoring automatic train operations -- and rail and fastener renewal. In addition, trains will single track between Takoma and Forest Glen to allow for fiber optic cable installation and platform rehabilitation. Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 30 minutes. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, additional trains will operate between Fort Totten and Farragut North.
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through closing Sunday, Blue and Orange line trains will single track between Smithsonian and Eastern Market to allow for rail fastener improvements. Orange and Blue line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 26 minutes, resulting in trains every 13 minutes at stations served by both lines.
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through closing Sunday, Green Line trains will share one track in two areas: between Georgia Ave-Petworth and Fort Totten to allow for rail maintenance and between Naylor Road and Branch Ave to allow for fastener renewal. Green Line trains will operate every 15 minutes.
Yellow Line trains will operate every 15 minutes to align schedules with Green Line trains.
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.
News release issued at 11:18 am, January 4, 2012.