Metro News Release

For immediate release: March 5, 2012

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Metro track work for weekend of March 9-11, 2012

Metro will continue efforts to rebuild the rail system over the weekend of March 9-11. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

Reminder: Daylight-saving time begins this weekend

Red Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Dupont Circle and Van Ness to allow for rail, fastener and insulator renewal, leak repairs, drain cleaning and fiber optic cable installation.
  • Two stations – Woodley Park and Cleveland Park – will be closed.
  • Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate in two sections: between Shady Grove and Van Ness and between Dupont Circle and Glenmont. Trains will operate every 10 minutes during daytime hours and at regular weekend intervals at other times.
  • Customers using shuttle bus service should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time.
  • On Friday night, the last trains to operate through the area before work begins will be the 9:28 p.m. departure from Shady Grove (arriving at Van Ness at 9:52 p.m.) and the 9:20 p.m. departure from Glenmont.
  • The last train from Shady Grove will depart 30 minutes earlier than normal, at 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 11 p.m. on Sunday night.

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, tile 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 Vienna and New Carrollton every 24 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 15-20 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, tile replacement and station rehabilitation work, and between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road for tie and insulator renewal.
  • Throughout the weekend, Blue Line trains will depart Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center every 24 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 15-20 minutes of additional travel time.

Yellow Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Yellow Line trains will single track between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road for tie and insulator renewal.
  • Throughout the weekend, Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt. Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip.
  • Customers should allow 15-20 minutes of additional travel time.

Green Line

  • No scheduled work.

Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive email notification of upcoming track work.  Visit www.wmata.com/MetroAlerts.

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 12:29 pm, March 5, 2012.


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