This Weekend’s Metro Track Work

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The massive effort to rebuild Metrorail will continue over the weekend of June 1-3 on the Orange, Blue, Red, Green and Yellow lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

Orange Line

Buses will replace Orange Line trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for testing associated with the Silver Line Metrorail extension. Orange Line trains will operate in two sections: Between Vienna and West Falls Church at regular weekend intervals, and East Falls Church and New Carrollton at regular weekend intervals. Customers using shuttle bus service should allow about 20 minutes of additional travel time.

Blue Line

Trains will single track in two work zones switches: between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road to allow for repairs to the “floating concrete slabs” beneath the rails, and between Van Dorn Street and Braddock Road for bridge work. Blue Line trains will depart Largo Town Center and Franconia-Springfield every 20 minutes. Customers should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.

Red Line

Trains will single track through two work areas: Between Forest Glen and Takoma to allow for platform reconstruction and fiber optic cable installation, and between Van Ness and Friendship Heights to allow for rail and fastener renewal and joint elimination for a smoother ride. Red Line trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will operate every 24 minutes throughout the weekend. Customers should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, additional trains will operate between Van Ness and New York Avenue only, providing service every 12 minutes in the downtown core.

Green Line

Green Line trains will single track between College Park and Greenbelt to allow for tie renewal. Trains will operate at normal weekend intervals. Every other train will begin/end service at College Park, rather than Greenbelt. Customers traveling to/from Greenbelt Station should allow up to 15 minutes of additional travel time.

Yellow Line

Yellow Line trains will single track between Braddock Road and Huntington to allow bridge work. Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square throughout the weekend. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip. Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes throughout the weekend.

Metro is advancing Metro Forward, a six-year, $5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is focused on safety and bringing the Metro system into a state of good repair. In FY2012, Metro Forward includes projects to replace escalators; retrofit track; replace critical track circuitry and equipment along the right of way; rehabilitate third-rail power systems, running rail and track pads; modernize 12 stations; replace 100 Metrobuses and the rehabilitate 100 more; renovate three bus garages; and install 30 new track turnouts.

The Trip Planner on Metro’s website will not reflect the impact of this work on schedules. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts ( to receive service information via email or text message.

10 Comment

  • Why the f*($ does the yellow line stop at Mt. Vernon Square every time there’s track work (which is every weekend these days)?

  • Will it ever end?

  • thebear

    Goes to show what a bunch of short-sighted fools designed Metro. When the New York subway was built, they put in 3 and 4 tracks even though there was nothing but farmland some of the places the lines went through. After seeing that real-world example, there is no excuse for not having done the same here. Oh, well.

    • do you not understand the differences?
      i’ll start you in the right direction
      at the time of the metro, nyc was heading to become the largest city in the world, in the emerging significance of a growing urban infatuation and boom,and had cheap cheap cheap labor.
      at the time of the metro construction, the us was in a financially catastrophic time, DC was a desperate, dying, shrinking city at the end of the 20th centuries interests in cities and only concerned with commuters with no idea that the city would ever increase in size.

      dc’s metro was an attempt at resuscitation.
      nyc was because of massive growth.

      by the time dc’s metro was built, nyc’s subways were disgusting violently dangerous shitholes.

      • thebear

        I am exceptionally familiar with rapid transit history in the US. Metro’s planners deliberately rejected the notion of building-in extra capacity, even route interchanges to allow greater flexibility. They were convinced that the ONLY growth in the region would be in the outlying suburbs, and that usage pattern would always be between downtown and the burbs, weekdays, with limited weekend service to accommodate tourists. They declined to put in a route to Dulles because there wasn’t a sufficient level of travel out of there; nor was any thought given to the Route 7 corridor turning into what it is today. The master plan for the region had the District itself remaining relatively static as “the company town” and suggestions that DC would ever be anything but were not only dismissed, they were ridiculed.

        • Sources – facts – beyond your say-so would be very helpful.

        • Why, oh why, couldn’t they have predicted the future?

          Yes, they should have built in the extra capacity you speak of. But it would have been exceptionally expensive to do at a time when transportation expansion was very focused on freeways and rights of way for automobiles. Times were different. “Short-sighted fools” is more than a little harsh and inaccurate.

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