Metro News Release

For immediate release: May 6, 2013

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Metrorail weekend rebuilding work May 10-12

Platform reconstruction on the Red Line.
Platform reconstruction on the Red Line.
Weekend Schedule

Metro is investing $5.5 billion to install new rail, ties, platforms, escalators, signals, lighting, communication systems, and more. It represents the largest capital investment -- and work effort -- since the system's original construction in the early 1970s.

This weekend's rebuilding work will result in service changes on the Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday night.

There is no scheduled track work this weekend on the Green Line. Trains will operate normally between Greenbelt and Branch Avenue.

Red Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 10 through closing Sun., May 12

  • Red Line trains will single track through two work zones -- between Grosvenor and Twinbrook, and between Rhode Island Avenue and Takoma -- to allow for platform reconstruction at several stations.
  • Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate every 28 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont.
  • Customers will experience this longer travel time on the platform. Once the train departs, it is not expected to experience additional delays en route.
  • Additional trains will operate between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet, providing service about every 10 minutes between these stations during daytime hours.

Orange Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 10 through closing Sun., May 12

  • Free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between Vienna and Ballston to allow for switch and signal testing associated with the Silver Line, as well as rail infrastructure improvements.
  • Four stations will be closed: Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church.
  • Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will operate between Ballston and New Carrollton at regular weekend intervals.
  • Shuttle buses will operate between Vienna and Ballston on two routes: Express buses will operate non-stop between Vienna and Ballston stations. Customers using express buses should add about 25 minutes to their travel time. Local buses will operate between Vienna and Ballston, with intermediate stops at Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations. Customers using local buses should add up to 40 minutes to their travel time.

Blue & Yellow lines - 10 p.m. Fri., May 10 through closing Sun., May 12

  • Blue and Yellow line trains will single track between Braddock Road and Pentagon City to allow for rail infrastructure improvements, including tie and insulator renewal and structural work.
  • Throughout the weekend, both Blue and Yellow Line trains will operate every 30 minutes.  During daytime hours, additional Yellow Line trips will operate between Pentagon City and Mt. Vernon Square stations, resulting in service every 15 to 20 minutes between those stations.
  • Customers will experience this longer travel time on the platform. Once the train departs, it is not expected to experience additional delays en route.
  • 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 service to complete their trip.

For schedules, "next train" arrival information and alternate bus options, customers are encouraged to visit wmata.com. Customers can access this information on Metro's new mobile website by entering wmata.com into their smartphone browser. For assistance by phone, call Metro customer information at (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202-638-3780].

News release issued at 11:45 am, May 6, 2013.


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