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And Now For This Weekend’s Edition of “lengthy delays on Metrorail”

by Prince Of Petworth May 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm 4 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

From WMATA:

“Trains will share one track on the Red, Orange and Green lines

Customers can expect lengthy delays of up to 30 minutes this weekend (May 21-23) as old track components are replaced on the Red, Orange and Green lines, causing inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system.

Customers planning to take the Red, Orange or Green lines to area events this weekend should add up to 30 minutes to their travel times. The Washington Nationals play at Nationals Park on May 21, 22, and 23, and the DC 101 Chili Cook Off is at RFK Stadium on May 22.

Continues after the jump.

Red Line Track Upgrades

Metrorail customers traveling between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Medical Center Metrorail stations should expect lengthy delays this weekend and should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will replace aging rail fasteners with new ones to stabilize tracks in that area of the Red Line. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. Friday, May 21 to closing (midnight) on Sunday, May 23.

Red Line Bridge Repairs

Metrorail customers traveling between the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be conducting maintenance on a portion of elevated tracks that cross a bridge outside the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metrorail station. Trains will share one track between these locations the entire weekend from 10 p.m. Friday, May 21, to closing (midnight) on Sunday, May 23.

On Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, all Red Line trains will depart approximately every 30 minutes from the Shady Grove and Glenmont Metrorail stations. Trains departing the Shady Grove Metrorail station will leave approximately at one minute, and 31 minutes past the hour. Trains departing the Glenmont Metrorail station will leave approximately at seven minutes, and 37 minutes past the hour.

Every other train traveling in the direction of the Shady Grove Metrorail station will terminate at the Medical Center Metrorail station and return to the Glenmont Metrorail station. Every other train traveling in the direction of the Glenmont Metrorail station will terminate at the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metrorail station and return to the Shady Grove Metrorail station.

For people traveling between the Medical Center and New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metrorail stations, trains will operate approximately every 15 minutes.

Orange Line Track Upgrades

Metrorail customers traveling between the East Falls Church and Ballston-MU Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be replacing old cross ties with new ties and welding new rail on the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations the entire weekend from 10 p.m., Friday, May 21, to closing (midnight) on Sunday, May 23.

Green Line Track Upgrades

Metrorail customers traveling between the College Park-U of Md and Greenbelt Metrorail stations should add 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be welding new rail on the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations on Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.”

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