Metro weekend track work November 30-December 2
Buses replace trains between Fort Totten and Forest Glen
The ongoing effort to rebuild and upgrade the Metrorail system to provide safer and more reliable service will continue over the weekend of November 30 through December 2 on the Red, Orange and Green lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.
There is no scheduled track work this weekend on the Blue or Yellow lines.
Buses will replace Red Line trains between Fort Totten and Forest Glen to allow for platform reconstruction, signal testing, track maintenance and fiber-optic cable installation. Two stations -- Silver Spring and Takoma -- will be closed. Red Line trains will operate in two segments:
Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time.
Changes to last train times:
Orange Line trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly to allow for platform reconstruction, and between East Falls Church and West Falls Church for work associated with the Silver Line extension project. Throughout the weekend, trains will operate every 24 minutes between Vienna and New Carrollton. Customers using Orange Line trains should allow 15 minutes of additional travel time. Blue Line service will operate at regular weekend intervals, providing more frequent service through the downtown core.
Green Line trains will single track between Greenbelt and College Park to allow for construction associated with a new track to test 7000-series railcars. Every other train will originate/terminate at College Park, rather than Greenbelt. Green Line trains will operate normally, at regular weekend intervals, between College Park and Branch Avenue. Customers traveling to or from Greenbelt Station only should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.
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 wmata.com.
News release issued at 9:59 am, November 26, 2012.