Metro to take a 4 Week Break from Track Work During Cherry Blossom Season Starting March 22nd

by Prince Of Petworth February 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm 5 Comments

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“Metro will take a four-week break from its aggressive rebuilding efforts to accommodate customers traveling during Cherry Blossom season, General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles announced today.

“While the weekend work is necessary to rebuild the system’s infrastructure, we are in a position to take a few weekends off to allow the region’s residents and tourists to enjoy the season,” said Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles. “Taking Metrorail is the best way to get to and from the National Mall during this busy time of year.”

This year’s break will take place over four consecutive weekends, beginning Saturday, March 22, and continuing through Sunday, April 13. Trains will run at regular weekend intervals on all lines. During daytime hours, normal weekend intervals are every 6 to 12 minutes. (The only planned weekend work during this time will take place late Sunday evenings, after 10 p.m., when ridership is light.)

In addition, Metro will run more 8-car trains than normal to provide additional capacity. Eight-car trains are the longest possible on the Metrorail system.”

  • Anonymous

    Can cherry blossoms really be that close?! I feel like we’re still in the tundra.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if there is any reason (other than money) that Metro does not do track work at night instead of on weekends? Agencies do road repair work at night, so why not do the metro work at night so as to not disrupt service every weekend.

    • Anonymous

      One reason is because it takes time to move all the repair equipment in and out of position. If they do it at night, that only leaves a couple of hours to do actual work. There’s only, what, 5 or 6 hours between closing and opening? And unlike with road work, they can’t leave all their gear in the tunnels during the day when they’re not working.

    • hellohi

      I think they’re still doing some, only quite late at night, maybe after 11 or so. Check out the “Weeknight service adjustments” here: http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/metro_service_status/rail_bus.cfm?

  • Blithe

    Yes! Yes! Yes! It’s really sad how happy I am about this. I understand that work needs to be done. And I understand that as the oldest line, the Red line probably REALLY needs to be upgraded. But every weekend the schedule is different and unpredictable, which makes it hard to plan. I’ll seriously enjoy a few weeks of normal service.


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