Planned Metrorail Track Work Read the SafeTrack plan

Planned Metrorail Track Work

Metro continues its accelerated effort to improve safety and reliability. In order to impact fewer customers, we sometimes use an approach to major weekend track work that involves temporarily closing individual stations or groups of stations and replacing trains with free shuttle buses. This approach allows Metro to complete rebuilding work faster and safer, while allowing trains outside of the work zones to operate with fewer delays.

During major track work, Metro employees and contractors work on multiple projects at the same time. Examples include:

  • NTSB-recommended track circuit replacements
  • Replacement of track ties
  • Switch replacement or improvements
  • Rail and fastener replacement and joint elimination for a smoother ride
  • Third-rail repairs and upgrades
  • Water and leak mitigation
  • Station platform reconstruction
  • Radio and cellular communication improvements
  • Rail facility upgrades
  • Station cleaning

While there will be delays and inconvenience associated with the critical work we're undertaking, please be assured that we will take all possible steps to minimize your inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding as we work to rebuild Metro.

NOTE: Every effort will be made to adhere to the schedule below. However, changes may be necessary due to weather, construction delays and other factors outside our control. This page will be updated as necessary.

For details about this weekend's track work, including minor projects that may impact your trip, view Metrorail advisories.

Start End Line Impact Stations Affected Work Performed
July 20 July 31 SafeTrack Surge #5 Single tracking East Falls Church to Ballston East Falls Church & Ballston Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
July 24 July 28 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail maintenance & stabilization
July 25 July 28 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail renewal
July 26 July 28 Weeknight single tracking - Van Ness to Friendship Heights Tenleytown Rail maintenance & stabilization
July 29 July 31 Weekend single tracking - Grosvenor to Twinbrook White Flint Concrete column repair
August 1 August 4 Weeknight single tracking - Fort Totten to Prince George's Plaza West Hyattsville Rail renewal
August 1 August 7 SafeTrack Surge #6 Single tracking Takoma to Silver Spring Takoma & Silver Spring Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
August 2 August 4 Weeknight single tracking - Van Ness to Friendship Heights Tenleytown Rail maintenance & stabilization
August 5 August 5 Weeknight single tracking - Van Ness to Friendship Heights Tenleytown Rail maintenance & stabilization
August 6 August 7 Weekend single tracking - Stadium-Armory to Addison Road Benning Road & Capitol Heights Radio cable installation
August 6 August 7 Weekend shutdown - Stadium-Armory to Benning Road & Minnesota Avenue Stadium-Armory, Benning Road & Minnesota Ave Power cable replacement
August 7 August 11 Weeknight single tracking - Fort Totten to Prince George's Plaza West Hyattsville Rail renewal
August 7 August 11 Weeknight single tracking - McPherson Square to Smithsonian Metro Center & Federal Triangle Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
August 8 August 8 Safety Drill - Pentagon to L'Enfant Plaza Pentagon & L'Enfant Plaza Safety drill - No service between Pentagon & L'Enfant Plaza
August 9 August 18 SafeTrack Surge #7 Single tracking Shady Grove to Twinbrook Rockville Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
August 12 August 14 Weekend single tracking - McPherson Square to Smithsonian Metro Center & Federal Triangle Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
August 13 August 14 Weekend single tracking - Forest Glen to Glenmont Wheaton Radio cable installation
August 14 August 18 Weeknight single tracking - McPherson Square to Smithsonian Metro Center & Federal Triangle Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
August 14 August 18 Weeknight single tracking - Fort Totten to Prince George's Plaza West Hyattsville Rail renewal
August 20 September 5 SafeTrack Surge #8 Single tracking Franconia-Springfield to Van Dorn Street Franconia-Springfield & Van Dorn Street Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
August 20 August 21 Weekend single tracking - Wheaton to Glenmont Wheaton & Glenmont Switch maintenance
August 20 August 21 Weeknd single tracking - Federal Center to Eastern Market Capitol South Radio cable installation
August 21 August 25 Weeknight single tracking - Fort Totten to Prince George's Plaza West Hyattsville Rail renewal
August 22 August 25 Weeknight single tracking - Stadium-Armory to Addison Road Benning Road & Capitol Heights Radio cable installation
August 23 August 26 Weeknight single tracking - Dupont Circle to Van Ness Woodley Park & Cleveland Park Rail maintenance & stabilization
August 27 August 28 Weekend single tracking - Grosvenor to Twinbrook White Flint Radio cable installation
August 28 September 1 Weeknight single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
August 28 August 28 Emergency drill shutdown - Pentagon to L'Enfant Plaza Pentagon & L'Enfant Plaza Emergency drill
August 29 September 1 Weeknight single tracking - Stadium-Armory to Addison Road Benning Road & Capitol Heights Radio cable installation
August 30 September 2 Weeknight single tracking - Dupont Circle to Van Ness Woodley Park & Cleveland Park Rail maintenance & stabilization
September 2 September 4 Weekend single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
September 3 September 5 Weekend single tracking - Stadium-Armory to Minnesota Ave & Benning Road Minnesota Ave, Stadium-Armory & Benning Road Power cable installation
September 3 September 4 Weekend single tracking - Silver Spring to Glenmont Forest Glen & Wheaton Radio cable installation
September 5 September 8 Weeknight single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
September 6 September 9 Weeknight single tracking - Farragut North to Dupont Circle Farragut North & Dupont Circle Rail maintenance & stabilization
September 9 October 20 SafeTrack Surge #9 Single tracking Vienna to West Falls Church Vienna, Dunn Loring & West Falls Church Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
September 9 September 11 Weekend single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
September 9 September 11 Weekend single tracking - National Airport to Braddock Road National Airport & Braddock Road Switch maintenance
September 10 September 11 Weekend single tracking - Silver Spring to Glenmont Forest Glen & Wheaton Radio cable installation
September 12 September 15 Weeknight single tracking - Silver Spring to Glenmont Forest Glen & Wheaton Radio cable installation
September 12 September 15 Weeknight single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
September 13 September 16 Weeknight single tracking - Farragut North to Dupont Circle Farragut North & Dupont Circle Rail maintenance & stabilization
September 16 September 18 Weekend single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
September 17 September 18 Weekend shutdown - Pentagon to L'Enfant Plaza Pentagon & L'Enfant Plaza Rail maintenance & stabilization
September 19 September 22 Weeknight single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
September 20 September 23 Weeknight single tracking - Farragut North to Judiciary Square Metro Center & Gallery Place Rail maintenance & stabilization
September 23 September 25 Weekend single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
September 26 September 29 Weeknight single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
September 30 October 2 Weekend single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
October 10 November 1 SafeTrack Surge #10 Line Segment Shutdown Fort Totten to NoMa-Gallaudet Brookland & Rhode Island Avenue Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
November 3 November 11 SafeTrack Surge #11 Single tracking East Falls Church to West Falls Church East Falls Church & West Falls Church Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
November 12 December 6 SafeTrack Surge #12 Single tracking Greenbelt to College Park Greenbelt & College Park Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
December 7 December 24 SafeTrack Surge #13 Line Segment Shutdown Rosslyn to Pentagon Arlington Cemetery Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
January 2 January 13 SafeTrack Surge #14 Single tracking Braddock Road to Huntington/Van Dorn Street King Street & Eisenhower Avenue Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
January 23 February 3 SafeTrack Surge #14 Single tracking Braddock Road to Huntington/Van Dorn Street King Street & Eisenhower Avenue Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
March 6 March 19 SafeTrack Surge #15 Single tracking East Falls Church to West Falls Church East Falls Church & West Falls Church Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal

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