Metro News Release

For immediate release: June 5, 2012

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Metro weekend track work June 8-10
Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church; single tracking on portions of Red, Blue and Green lines

The massive effort to rebuild Metrorail will continue over the weekend of June 8-10 on the Orange, Blue, Red and Green lines.  The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

Orange Line

Buses will replace Orange Line trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for testing associated with the Silver Line Metrorail extension. Orange Line trains will operate in two sections: between Vienna and West Falls Church at regular weekend intervals, and between East Falls Church and New Carrollton at regular weekend intervals. Customers using shuttle bus service should allow about 20 minutes of additional travel time. View Advisory

Blue Line                                                                                  

Trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road to allow for repairs to the "floating concrete slabs" beneath the rails. Blue Line trains will depart Largo Town Center and Franconia-Springfield every 20 minutes.  Customers should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time. View Advisory

Red Line

Trains will single track between Takoma and Forest Glen to allow for platform reconstruction and fiber optic cable installation.  Red Line trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will operate every 20 minutes throughout the weekend.  Customers should allow 10 minutes of additional travel time. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, additional trains will operate between Shady Grove and New York Ave stations, providing service every 10 minutes on the western side of the Red Line.  View Advisory

Green Line

Green Line trains will single track between College Park and Greenbelt to allow for tie renewal. Trains will operate at normal weekend intervals. Every other train will begin/end service at College Park, rather than Greenbelt. Customers traveling to/from Greenbelt Station should allow up to 15 minutes of additional travel time. View Advisory

There is no scheduled track work this weekend on the Yellow Line.

Metro is advancing Metro Forward, 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, Metro Forward 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. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts (wmata.com/metroalerts) to receive service information via email or text message.

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 12:53 pm, June 5, 2012.


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