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This Weekend’s Metro Track Work

by Prince Of Petworth July 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment


Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC

From WMATA:

Metro rebuilding efforts will continue over the weekend of July 13-15 on the Orange, Blue, Red, Yellow and Green Lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

Orange Line
Orange Line trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for tie and insulator renewal. Customers should expect minor delays during this time.

Blue Line
Buses will replace Blue Line trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City to allow for tie renewal, insulator renewal, and cable installation to improve cell phone coverage. Reagan National Airport and Crystal City stations will be closed. Blue Line trains will operate in two segments: between Franconia-Springfield and Braddock Road and between Pentagon City and Largo Town Center, both at regular weekend intervals. Free shuttle bus service will operate between Pentagon City and Braddock Road stations, making all intermediate station stops. Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time.

Red Line
Red Line trains will single track between Takoma and Forest Glen to allow for station platform reconstruction and fiber optic cable installation. Trains will operate every 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont station. Customers should allow 15 minutes of additional travel time. On Saturday and Sunday, between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., additional Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet, resulting in service about every 10 minutes.

Yellow Line
Buses will replace Yellow Line trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City to allow for tie renewal, insulator renewal and cable installation to improve cell phone coverage. Reagan National Airport and Crystal City stations will be closed. Yellow Line trains will operate in two segments: between Huntington and Braddock Road and between Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square, both at regular weekend intervals. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip. Shuttle buses will operate between Pentagon and Braddock Road stations, making all intermediate station stops. Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time.

Green Line
Green Line trains will single track between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza to allow for track maintenance, tie and fastener renewal and third-rail power improvements. Throughout the weekend, Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes. Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time. As a result of the work zone, all Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip.

But in some good news:

Metro to restore regular midday service downtown

Mid-day track work that has made single track operations routine for customers downtown is ending for this year, according to Metro Deputy General Manger for Operations David Kubicek.

While it may be necessary to occasionally take a track out of service for repairs between peak periods or to work at the end of the lines, the sustained level of mid-day work customers have experienced for the last two years is coming to a close for 2012, Kubicek said.

“As we have increased night-time production and accomplished more with weekend shutdowns, it now allows us to concentrate on track work during those times,” said Kubicek.

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