Metro News Release

For immediate release: February 4, 2013

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Metro weekend track work February 8-10
Single tracking on Red & Orange lines

This news release has been updated to reflect the following change:

Orange Line single tracking on Sunday, Feb. 10, has been cancelled.  As a result, Orange Line trains will operate normally on Sunday (no single tracking) on a regular schedule.  Single tracking will take place as planned after 10 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

The ongoing effort to rebuild and upgrade the Metrorail system to provide safer and more reliable service will continue over the weekend of February 8-10 on the Red and Orange lines.  The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

Red Line

  • Red Line trains will single track through two work zones: between Shady Grove and Twinbrook, and between Rhode Island Ave and Takoma to allow for platform reconstruction, track maintenance and third-rail upgrades.
  • Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will operate every 24 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 either work zone should add about 15 minutes to their travel time.

Orange Line

  • On Friday night starting at 10 p.m. and all day Saturday, Orange Line trains will single track through two work zones: between Ballston and West Falls Church for rail joint elimination and fastener renewal, and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly for platform reconstruction.
  • Orange Line trains will operate every 24 minutes when single tracking is in effect.
  • Customers should add 15-20 minutes to their travel time.
  • On Sunday, Orange Line trains will operate normally (no single tracking) on a regular schedule.

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 12:04 pm, February 4, 2013.

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