Metro News Release
For immediate release: May 13, 2013
Metro weekend rebuilding work May 17-19
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.
For the weekend of May 17 through 19, rebuilding work will result in service changes on the Red, Orange, and Green 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 Blue or Yellow lines.
Red Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 17 through closing Sun., May 19
- Red Line trains will single track through two work zones -- between Van Ness and Dupont Circle, and between Rhode Island Ave and Takoma -- to allow for tie and fastener replacement and third rail renewal.
- Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate every 24 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 Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet, providing service about every 10 minutes between these stations during daytime hours.
Orange Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 17 through closing Sun., May 19
- Free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between East Falls Church and Clarendon to allow for track circuit module replacement, a key NTSB safety recommendation.
- Two stations will be closed: Ballston and Virginia Square.
- Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between Vienna and East Falls Church, and between Clarendon and New Carrollton.
- Shuttle buses will operate continuously between East Falls Church and Clarendon making intermediate stops at Ballston and Virginia Square stations. Customers using shuttle bus service should add up to 25 minutes to their travel time.
- To allow for connections to other lines, the last trains of the night from Vienna to East Falls Church will depart 28 minutes earlier than normal -- at 1:57 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 10:57 p.m. on Sunday.
Green Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 17 through closing Sun., May 19
- Free shuttle buses will replace Green Line trains between Greenbelt and West Hyattsville to allow for track upgrades, including tie and insulator renewal, interlocking maintenance, and work associated with construction of a new test track for 7000-series railcars.
- Three stations will be closed: Greenbelt, College Park and Prince George's Plaza.
- Throughout the weekend, Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend service intervals between West Hyattsville and Branch Ave.
- Shuttle buses will operate continuously between Greenbelt and West Hyattsville, making intermediate stops at College Park and Prince George's Plaza. Customers using shuttle bus service should add up to 35 minutes to their travel time.
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 1:44 pm, May 13, 2013.