Metro News Release

For immediate release: February 21, 2012

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Metro track work for weekend of Feb. 24-26

Metro will continue efforts to rebuild the rail system over the weekend of February 24-26. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

Red Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Red Line trains will single track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook to allow for NTSB-recommended track circuit module replacement and between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue for DDOT bridge work.
  • Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 16 minutes.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., additional trains will operate between Grosvenor and New York Avenue, resulting in trains every 8 minutes between those stations.
  • Customers should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.

Orange Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Orange Line trains will single track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory to allow for rail fastener renewal, tie replacement and station rehabilitation work, and between East Falls Church and West Falls Church for testing associated with the Dulles rail project.
  • Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.

Blue Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Blue Line trains will single track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory to allow for rail fastener renewal, tie replacement and station rehabilitation work.
  • Throughout the weekend, Blue Line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.

Green Line

  • Green Line trains will single track between Naylor Road and Branch Avenue to allow for rail and fastener renewal.
  • Throughout the weekend, Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes.
  • Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Yellow Line

  • Due to schedule coordination with Green Line track work (above), Yellow Line trains will operate every 16 minutes between Huntington and Fort Totten throughout the weekend.
  • Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

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 9:13 am, February 21, 2012.


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