Metro News Release

For immediate release: October 8, 2012

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Metro weekend track work October 12-14, 2012

UPDATE:  Metro will delay the start of track work on Friday night due to the Nationals game.  Details


The ongoing effort to rebuild and upgrade the Metrorail system to provide safer and more reliable service will continue over the weekend of October 12-14, 2012, on the Red and Green lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

While there is no track work on the Yellow Line, trains will operate to and from Mt. Vernon Square, rather than Fort Totten, due to track work on the Green Line.

There is no scheduled track work this weekend on the Orange or Blue lines.  

Red Line

Red Line trains will single track through two work zones:

  • Between Grosvenor and Twinbrook to allow for rail joint elimination for a smoother ride and platform repairs
  • Between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten to allow for track maintenance, structural repairs, insulator renewal and DDOT bridge work

Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains between Glenmont and Shady Grove will operate every 20 minutes.  Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, additional Red Line trains will operate between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet, providing service about every 10 minutes between those stations.  Customers traveling through the work zones should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.

Green Line

Green Line trains will single track between Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza to allow for tie and insulator renewal. Throughout the weekend, trains between Greenbelt and Branch Avenue will operate every 16 minutes.  Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Yellow Line

Due to track work on the Green Line north of Fort Totten, all Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt. Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip.

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.

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, customers may call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780, or visit



News release issued at 8:26 am, October 9, 2012.

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