Metro News Release

For immediate release: August 13, 2012

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Metro weekend track work August 17-19, 2012
Buses replace trains between Silver Spring & NoMa-Gallaudet U; Normal service levels on Green, Yellow lines

Track work on the Red Line

Metro's rebuilding efforts will continue over the weekend of August 17-19, 2012, with scheduled track work on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines.

Red Line

On the Red Line, buses will replace trains between Silver Spring and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations to allow for tie and insulator renewal, structural work, platform reconstruction and fiber optic cable installation. Red Line trains will operate in two segments throughout the weekend:

  • Between Glenmont and Silver Spring every 10 minutes during daytime hours and at regular weekend intervals at other times
  • Between NoMa-Gallaudet U and Shady Grove every 10 minutes during daytime hours and at regular weekend intervals at other times

Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Silver Spring and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations. Three stations -- Takoma, Brookland and Rhode Island Ave -- will be closed. Fort Totten Station will be open for Green and Yellow line service only. Customers using shuttle bus service should allow 50 minutes of additional travel time. Customers traveling between Fort Totten and Downtown DC may wish to consider using Green or Yellow line service to avoid delays. View advisory

Orange Line

Orange Line trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly stations to allow for platform reconstruction work. Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will operate every 20 minutes in each direction. Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time. View advisory

Blue Line

Blue Line trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road stations to allow for repairs to the "floating concrete slabs" beneath the rails. Throughout the weekend, Blue Line trains will operate every 20 minutes in each direction. Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time. View advisory

Green Line

Green Line trains will single track between College Park and Greenbelt stations to allow for track upgrades. Trains will operate at normal weekend intervals. However, every other train will begin/end service at College Park, rather than Greenbelt.  Only customers traveling to/from Greenbelt Station should allow up to 15 minutes of additional travel time. 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 3:01 pm, August 13, 2012.


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