Metro News Release

For immediate release: July 10, 2012

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Metro weekend track work July 13-15, 2012
Buses replace Blue and Yellow line trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City; single tracking on portions of the Orange, Red and Green lines as rebuilding continues

Metro rebuilding efforts will continue over the weekend of July 13-15 on the Orange, Blue, Red, Yellow and Green Lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

Orange Line
Orange Line trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for tie and insulator renewal. Customers should expect minor delays during this time. View Advisory

Blue Line
Buses will replace Blue Line trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City to allow for tie renewal, insulator renewal, and cable installation to improve cell phone coverage. Reagan National Airport and Crystal City stations will be closed. Blue Line trains will operate in two segments: between Franconia-Springfield and Braddock Road and between Pentagon City and Largo Town Center, both at regular weekend intervals. Free shuttle bus service will operate between Pentagon City and Braddock Road stations, making all intermediate station stops. Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time. View Advisory

Red Line
Red Line trains will single track between Takoma and Forest Glen to allow for station platform reconstruction and fiber optic cable installation. Trains will operate every 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont station.  Customers should allow 15 minutes of additional travel time. On Saturday and Sunday, between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., additional Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet, resulting in service about every 10 minutes. View Advisory

Yellow Line
Buses will replace Yellow Line trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City to allow for tie renewal, insulator renewal and cable installation to improve cell phone coverage. Reagan National Airport and Crystal City stations will be closed. Yellow Line trains will operate in two segments:  between Huntington and Braddock Road and between Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square, both at regular weekend intervals. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip. Shuttle buses will operate between Pentagon and Braddock Road stations, making all intermediate station stops. Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time. View Advisory

Green Line
Green Line trains will single track between Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza to allow for track maintenance, tie and fastener renewal and third-rail power improvements.  Throughout the weekend, Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes. Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time. As a result of the work zone, all Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip. View Advisory

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 Metro buses 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 9:46 am, July 10, 2012.


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