For immediate release: March 6, 2024

Weekend track work on Red Line to close two stations, single tracking on Green Line

During the weekend of March 9 and March 10, Free shuttle buses will replace trains on the Red Line between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights for repairs to the aerial structure and additional maintenance work. Two stations – Medical Center and Bethesda - will be closed. 

The aerial structure between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Medical Center has been identified as a top priority for repairs due to significant deterioration, requiring repairs to the box beams (or girders), the piers supporting the track structure, and additional retrofitting.

In addition, trains will single track between Navy Yard and Anacostia for platform lighting and track maintenance. All other lines will operate normal service with train service available at 96 of 98 stations systemwide, including service every four minutes on average at stations in the downtown core service area served by multiple lines.

Service will operate as follows:

Red Line Free shuttle buses replace trains between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights. Bethesda and Medical Center stations closed. Normal service from Friendship Heights to Glenmont and trains every 8 minutes (daytime) and 10 minutes (evening) between Shady Grove and Grosvenor-Strathmore. 

  • Free express shuttle bus will operate between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights
  • Free local shuttle bus will stop at all stations - Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center, Bethesda, and Friendship Heights 

Green Line Trains single track between Navy Yard and Anacostia. Trains run every 16 minutes between Greenbelt and Branch Avenue, with an average of 8 minutes between Greenbelt and Navy Yard.

Blue Line Normal Service

Orange Line Normal Service

Silver Line Normal Service

Yellow Line Normal Service

What Trackwork Are We Doing?

On the Red Line, Metro will perform repairs to the aerial structure between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Medical Center as well as additional work:

  • Replace a switch in the interlocking where trains cross from one track to another
  • Pour new concrete grout pads
  • Drain maintenance 
  • Install new rail and fasteners
  • Run new fiber optic cables for future technology upgrades
  • Weld sections of rail together to eliminate joints for a smoother ride
  • Replace feeder cables that supply power to the third rail 

On the Green Line, Metro will continue with the platform edge lighting replacement project. In addition, we’ll conduct leak mitigation and replace fasteners and insulators.

For More Information

  • Get real-time service information for bus and rail on MetroPulse
  • Get next train information here
  • Get next bus information, including shuttle buses, here

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March 9-10 track work map