Planned Metrorail Track Work

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
April 30 May 1 Weekend single tracking - Medical Center to Van Ness Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Tenleytown and Van Ness Intense maintenance to address water infiltration.
April 30 May 1 Weekend single tracking - Ballston to East Falls Church Ballston Rail tie & insulator renewal
May 2 May 5 Midday single tracking - Ballston to East Falls Church Ballston Rail tie & insulator renewal
May 2 May 5 Weeknight single tracking - Van Dorn Street to Franconia Springfield Van Dorn Street & Franconia Springfield Track circuit module replacement
May 2 May 6 Midday single tracking - Twinbrook to Shady Grove Rockville Rail maintenance
May 6 May 9 Weekend single tracking - Georgia Avenue to Prince George's Plaza Georgia Ave, Fort Totten & West Hyattsville Switch replacement and communication cable replacement
May 7 May 8 Weekend shutdown - Stadium-Armory to Minnesota Ave & Addison Road Benning Road & Capitol Heights Platform & aerial rehabilitation
May 7 May 9 Weekend single tracking - NoMa-Gallaudet to Fort Totten Rhode Island Ave & Brookland Rail maintenance
May 9 May 13 Midday single tracking - Grosvenor to Twinbrook White Flint & Twinbrook Rail maintenance
May 9 May 12 Midday single tracking - Ballston to East Falls Church Ballston Rail tie & insulator renewal
May 13 May 15 Weekend single tracking - Smithsonian to McPherson Square Metro Center & Federal Triangle Rail replacement & fastener renewal
May 13 May 16 Weekend single tracking - Georgia Avenue to Prince George's Plaza Georgia Ave, Fort Totten & West Hyattsville Switch replacement and communication cable replacement
May 14 May 15 Weekend single tracking - Silver Spring to Forest Glen Forest Glen Rail maintenance
May 16 May 20 Midday single tracking - Medical Center to Grosvenor Medical Center & Grosvenor Rail maintenance
May 21 May 22 Weekend single tracking - NoMa-Gallaudet to Fort Totten Rhode Island Ave & Brookland Rail maintenance
May 21 May 22 Weekend shutdown - Stadium-Armory to Minnesota Ave & Addison Road Benning Road & Capitol Heights Platform & aerial rehabilitation
May 23 May 27 Midday single tracking - Friendship Heights to Medical Center Bethesda Rail maintenance
May 28 May 30 Weekend shutdown - East Falls Church to Vienna & McLean West Falls Church & Dunn Loring NTSB track circuit replacement
May 31 June 3 Midday single tracking - Van Ness to Friendship Heights Van Ness, Tenleytown & Friendship Heights Rail maintenance

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