Metro News Release

For immediate release: January 6, 2013

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Metro weekend track work for January 11-13, 2013
Buses replace trains between Pentagon & Rosslyn for NTSB-recommended track circuit replacement

The ongoing effort to rebuild and upgrade the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of January 11-13, 2013, on the Red, Blue and Green lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

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

Red Line

Red Line trains will single track between through two work zones:

  • Between Friendship Heights and Van Ness to allow for track improvements, and fastener and insulator renewal.
  • Between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten to allow for installation of cable and signal components, as well as track maintenance.

Throughout the weekend, trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will operate every 24 minutes. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, additional trains will operate between Van Ness and NoMa-Gallaudet, resulting in service an average of every 12 minutes between those stations. Customers traveling through either work zone should allow 15 minutes of additional travel time.

Blue Line

Buses will replace Blue Line trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn to allow for NTSB-recommended track circuit replacement, fastener replacement and joint elimination.

Blue Line trains will operate in two segments:

  • Between Franconia-Springfield and Mount Vernon Square (via the Yellow Line bridge) at regular weekend intervals.
  • Between Largo Town Center and Rosslyn at regular weekend intervals.

Free shuttle bus service will operate between Pentagon and Rosslyn stations with an intermediate stop at Arlington Cemetery. Passengers using shuttle bus service should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time.

Customers traveling between Blue Line stations south of Pentagon and stations east of L'Enfant Plaza should transfer at L'Enfant Plaza for a faster trip without the need to use shuttle buses.

Green Line

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. As a result:

  • From 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 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 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 8:49 am, January 7, 2013.


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