Major Weekend Track Work Schedule

Planned Metrorail Track Work

Metro has transitioned to a new program of preventive maintenance and planned capital work. Overnight and weekend hours will be used for enhanced preventive maintenance including cable testing to prevent smoke and fire incidents, stray current testing, trackbed cleaning, switch maintenance, torqueing (tightening fasteners, joint nuts and bolts) to eliminate excessive strain on infrastructure, and track geometry work to ensure the correct rail alignment.

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.

Capital Projects

There are four capital improvement projects in the second half of the year that will impact service for some customers. The projects, which are necessary to ensure continued safe and reliable operations, are being scheduled during times of the year when ridership is lighter to minimize customer inconvenience. Due to the "heavy construction" nature of capital work, these projects will, in many cases, impact service levels at all times of the day.

Red Line Saturday, July 21 - Labor Day, Monday, September 3

Immediately following All-Star Week, Metro will return to Rhode Island Avenue Station to complete necessary structural repair work that begun during SafeTrack. Rhode Island Avenue Station was closed on an emergency basis in 2016 when concrete fell from the aerial structure. Metro engineers stabilized the structure and advanced as much remediation work as possible during a SafeTrack surge in 2016. This 45-day project will allow crews to complete structural repairs at Metro's oldest outdoor station, including addressing deteriorating platform conditions that affect the ADA-accessibility of the station.

  • Rhode Island Ave and Brookland stations closed.
  • No Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations; use Green Line as alternate.
  • Shuttle buses provide service between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave, and NoMa-Gallaudet stations. Red Line trains will operate in two segments: between Shady Grove & NoMa-Gallaudet and between Fort Totten & Glenmont.
  • Rush Hour Promise will remain in effect for most rail customers; however, certain Red Line trips will be excluded due to service adjustments. Additional details and service information will be announced in Spring 2018.

Blue Line Orange Line Silver Line Saturday, August 11 - Sunday, August 26

For 16 consecutive days (including 10 commuting days) when ridership is lightest in August, Metro will address the tightest curve in the entire Metrorail system between McPherson Square and Smithsonian Stations. Working around the clock, crews will rebuild the track infrastructure, including installation of new rail, new fasteners, and repairs to the concrete pads that support the rails. Crews will work on each track for approximately one week at a time so that single-track service can be maintained. 24/7 work zone with single tracking between McPherson Square and Smithsonian.

  • Significantly reduced service on Orange, Blue and Silver lines. Service patterns will be altered (details to be announced).
  • Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips on the Blue, Orange or Silver lines during this time, but will remain in effect for customers on other lines. Additional details and service information will be announced in Summer 2018.

Blue Line Yellow Line Friday, November 2 - Monday, November 5

Over a four-day period in early November, including two commuting days, Metro will improve/upgrade several switches outside Reagan National Airport, as well as install new concrete pads beneath the rails along the aerial structure at the airport station.

  • Reagan National Airport and Crystal City stations closed.
  • Free shuttle buses replace trains between Braddock Rd and Pentagon City.
  • Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips on the Yellow and Blue lines on Friday, November 2, or Monday, November 5, but will remain in effect for customers on other lines. Additional details and service information will be announced in Summer 2018.
Yellow Line Monday, November 26 - Sunday, December 9
Immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Metro will begin a continuous 14-day capital project on the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac River. The project will include structural repairs, and rail infrastructure improvements, such as grout pad reconstruction and fastener replacement along the entire bridge.
  • No Yellow Line Service between Virginia and DC; use Blue Line as alternate.
  • Yellow Line service will run between Huntington and Reagan National Airport only.
  • Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips on the Yellow and Blue lines during this time, but will remain in effect for customers on other lines. Additional details and service information will be announced in Fall 2018.

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

Start End Line Impact Stations Affected Work Performed
Feb 20 Feb 22 Red line Weeknight single tracking - Van Ness to Friendship Heights Tenleytown Preventive maintenance
Feb 20 Feb 22 Green line Yellow line Weeknight single tracking - Georgia Ave to Fort Totten Georgia Ave & Fort Totten Radio cable installation
Feb 24 Feb 25 Orange line Silver line Weekend single tracking - Foggy Bottom to Arlington Cemetery & Clarendon Rosslyn Track maintenance & leak mitigation
Feb 24 Feb 25 Red line Weekend shutdown - Wheaton to Glenmont Wheaton & Glenmont Track maintenance & leak mitigation
Feb 24 Feb 25 Blue line Yellow line Weekend single tracking - Pentagon City to National Airport Crystal City Fastener renewal & joint elimination
Feb 26 Mar 1 Red line Weeknight single tracking - Van Ness to Friendship Heights Tenleytown Preventive maintenance
Mar 3 Mar 4 Red line Weekend single tracking - Judiciary Sq to Farragut North Metro Center & Judiciary Sq Fastener renewal & joint elimination
Mar 3 Mar 4 Blue line Yellow line Weekend shutdown - Pentagon city to Braddock Rd King St-Old Town Communication cable installation
Mar 4 Mar 4 Blue line Silver line Safety exercise shutdown - Morgan Blvd to Largo Town Center Morgan Blvd & Largo Town Center Full scale safety exercise
Mar 5 Mar 8 Red line Weeknight single tracking - Van Ness to Friendship Heights Tenleytown Preventive maintenance
Mar 10 Mar 11 Blue line Orange line Silver line Weekend single tracking - Smithsonian to Federal Center SW L'Enfant Plaza Fastener renewal & joint elimination
Mar 10 Mar 11 Yellow line Weekend shutdown - Pentagon to L'Enfant Plaza Pentagon & L'Enfant Plaza Bridge inspection, fastener & insulator renewal
Jul 21 Sep 3 Red line Rhode Island Ave shutdown Rhode Island Ave & Brookland Station structural repairs
Aug 11 Aug 25 Blue line Orange line Silver line Single tracking McPherson Sq to Smithsonian Metro Center, Federal Triangle Infrastructure rebuilding
Nov 2 Nov 5 Blue line Yellow line Shutdown - National Airport & Crystal City National Airport & Crystal City Switch replacement
Nov 26 Dec 8 Yellow line Shutdown - Yellow Line bridge L'Enfant Plaza Infrastructure repair & renewal