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
August 27 September 11 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 28 September 1 Weeknight single tracking - Mt. Vernon Square to U Street Shaw-Howard Rail & fastener renewal & joint elimination
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 4 Weekend single tracking - Silver Spring to Glenmont Forest Glen & Wheaton Radio cable installation
September 3 September 5 Weekend shut down - Stadium-Armory to Minnesota Ave & Benning Road Minnesota Ave, Stadium-Armory & Benning Road Power cable installation
September 3 September 5 Weekend shutdown - Franconia-Springfield to King Street Franconia-Springfield & Van Dorn Street Switch maintenance
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 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 15 October 26 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 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 24 September 25 Weekend shutdown - Vienna to East Falls Church Vienna, Dunn Loring & West Falls Church Switch maintenance
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 1 October 2 Weekend shutdown - Vienna to East Falls Church Vienna, Dunn Loring & West Falls Church Switch maintenance
October 8 October 9 Weekend shutdown - Vienna to West Falls Church Vienna & Dunn Loring Switch maintenance
October 15 October 16 Weekend shutdown - Vienna to West Falls Church Vienna & Dunn Loring Switch maintenance

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