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“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of August 8-10 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Red Line
Trains every 16 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows throughout the weekend:

Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: every 16 minutes
Between Grosvenor & Silver Spring: every 8-10 minutes Saturday and Sunday from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Rail tie, fastener and insulator renewal between Silver Spring and Forest Glen, along with railcar testing and acceptance of Metro’s new fleet of 7000-series railcars between Twinbrook and Shady Grove. (more…)


From DC Alerts:

“The 1300 block of Columbia Rd. NW (between 13th & 14th Sts NW) is completely closed for emergency water and sewer repairs. The road will remain closed through at least A.M. rush hour tomorrow (Tuesday.) After the street reopens, there will likely be significant delays and partial closures for at least a couple more days. Drivers who usually follow this route need to plan to take a different route this week.”

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“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of August 1-3 with service adjustments on the Red Line only beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and continuing through system closing on Sunday. Buses will replace Red Line trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten.

Red Line
Buses replace trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten

Red Line trains will operate as follows throughout the weekend:

Between Shady Grove & NoMa-Gallaudet: every 10 minutes
Between Glenmont & Fort Totten: every 10 minutes

Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten making intermediate stops at Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland. Please allow an additional 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.

Last Train Time Change: The last Red Line train of the night from Glenmont to Fort Totten will depart 35 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Glenmont at 2:02 a.m., and on Sunday the last train will leave Glenmont at 11:02 p.m.

Stations Closed: Rhode Island Avenue & Brookland

Work Performed: Communication cable and light pole replacement between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten

Orange Line
Regular weekend service

Silver Line
Regular weekend service

Blue Line
Regular weekend service

Yellow Line
Regular weekend service between Huntington and Fort Totten

Green Line
Regular weekend service”

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Thanks to all who passed on the press release:

“The 2014 U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit will take place from Monday, August 4th through Thursday, August 7th in Washington, D.C.

Security and transportation plans have been developed by a partnership of local and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies. Road closures, parking restrictions, and changes to public transportation routes and public works services will be necessary during the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit. Additions or updates to this plan may be made prior to the start of the event.

Area Road Closures/Parking Restrictions/Pedestrian Screening:
Road Closures: Closures will be coordinated by the District Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Police Department. The closures will be staggered in implementation based on the locations of Summit Events. Beginning and ending times and dates have been included with each days’ closures. All of the following areas will be posted with Emergency No Parking signage. Fencing and other physical barriers will also be in place as will uniformed law enforcement officers. Vehicular traffic will be limited to law enforcement, official participants, employees, and in certain locations, guests.

 29th St. NW between K St. NW and M St. NW from 7/30/14 (12:00AM) to 8/8/14 (12:00AM)
 F St. NW between 14th St. NW and 15th St. NW from 8/3/14 (12:00AM) to 8/8/14 (12:00AM)
 23rd St. NW Southbound Curb Lane from E St. NW to Constitution Ave. NW from 8/3/14 (6:00AM) to 8/7/13 (6:00PM)
 29th St. NW between the Canal Channel to M St. NW from 8/3/14 (12:00AM) to 8/8/14 (12:00AM)

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“Metrorail, the nation’s second busiest rapid transit system, grew 10 percent larger today with five new stations and new direct rail service between the Washington region’s two largest employment centers, all as a result of the opening of the Silver Line’s first phase. The new rail line is the largest expansion of Metrorail — and the first time a new color has been added to the Metro map — since the Green Line opened in 1991.

Rail service to the five new stations – McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East – began at noon with the departure of an inaugural train from Wiehle-Reston East Station in Fairfax County, Va., bound for Largo Town Center in Prince George’s County, Md. Along the way, Silver Line trains connect Fairfax County with popular destinations in Arlington County and Downtown DC, serving a total of 28 stations.

As one of the largest capital construction projects in the United States, the Silver Line has national significance. The Dulles Corridor is home to several of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region’s most dynamic and rapidly growing activity centers, including Tysons Corner (Virginia’s largest employment center), the Reston-Herndon area (Virginia’s second largest employment concentration), Dulles International Airport and the emerging activity centers in eastern Loudoun County. Silver Line trains will provide high-quality, high-capacity transit service that reduces travel time between the Dulles corridor and Downtown D.C., expands the reach of the existing regional rail system, offers a viable alternative to automobile travel and supports future development.

It is anticipated that the Silver Line will quickly become one of Metro’s busiest services because of the draw of two employment and entertainment destinations — Downtown DC and Tysons — appealing to riders at all times of the day and week. Serving many of the region’s great destinations, the Silver Line will deliver football fans to FedEx Field and baseball fans to Nationals Park, entertainment destinations in Arlington County, and nationally known cultural attractions in Downtown DC. About 25,000 daily riders are projected to use the five new stations after the first year of service.

By offering a convenient alternative to driving, the Silver Line is expected to transform Tysons, previously an automobile-centric, congestion prone area into a more walkable, bikeable, livable community anchored by high-density, mixed-use developments around the new stations. The Silver Line gives commuters traveling to or from Fairfax County a new option to avoid traffic congestion along I-66 and the Dulles Toll Road, while saving on fuel, parking and tolls.

With the opening of the Silver Line, Metrorail now serves a total of 91 stations on a 118-mile system in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

The new Silver Line tracks branch off from the existing Orange Line between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. The first new station, McLean, is about 8 minutes away from East Falls Church, and is the first of a cluster of four Tysons-area stations that are each two minutes apart. The line’s western terminus, Wiehle-Reston East, is another eight minutes west of the Tysons area.

The four Tysons-area stations put most parts of Tysons Corner within an easy half-mile walk of a Metrorail station providing easy access to the region’s second largest employment center with nearly 100,000 jobs, shopping malls and restaurants.

Wiehle-Reston East Station is connected to Reston Town Center and Washington Dulles International Airport by frequent bus service.

Silver Line construction (more…)