This Weekend’s Metro Track Work Hurts My Eyes

metro weekend work
Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

From WMATA:

“Metro adds Red Line single tracking this weekend for targeted stray current testing.

Metro will perform maintenance work over the weekend of April 28-30 to keep trains operating safely and reliably.

Metro today announced the addition of single tracking this weekend on the Red Line to allow for targeted “stray current testing” (SCT) in a section of the downtown core where wayward electrical current has resulted in three service disruptions this month. The most recent incident, yesterday, caused a suspension of Red Line service between Dupont Circle and Gallery Place during the morning rush hour.

Metro has scheduled the work carefully to ensure that service is operating on both tracks before and after Wizards games at the Verizon Center, as well as the end of Saturday’s Climate March.

Highlights Ed. Note: I feel like they should come up with a better word than highlights…

Red Line trains operate every 24 minutes
Free shuttle buses replace Orange and Blue line trains between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle (see below for details)
Silver Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only
Yellow Line trains operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only.
Free shuttle buses replace Green Line trains between Greenbelt & Prince George’s Plaza due to SafeTrack Surge #14

Red Line
Trains every 24 minutes

Red Line trains will single track between Judiciary Square and Farragut North:

Friday, 8:00 p.m. until close.
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. until two hours prior to the start of the Wizards game, the time for which has not been determined.

Orange Line
Buses replace trains between Federal Triangle and Foggy Bottom | 7:00AM Saturday until closing Sunday

Orange Line trains will operate in two segments:

Between Vienna & Foggy Bottom every 20 minutes
Between Federal Triangle & New Carrollton every 15 minutes

Farragut West, McPherson Square and Metro Center (lower level) will be closed.

Free shuttle buses will operate between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle in two patterns:

Local – operating both directions between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle with intermediate stops at Farragut West, McPherson Square and Metro Center. Please add 10 minutes for each station stop.
Limited – operating in a one-way loop stopping at Foggy Bottom, Metro Center and Federal Triangle. Please add 20 minutes per station stop.

On Saturday and Sunday nights, the last Orange Line train departure times have been adjusted. Trains will depart terminal stations as follows:

Last train from Vienna to Foggy Bottom will be 11:15 p.m. (10 minutes earlier than normal)
Last train from New Carrollton to Federal Triangle will be 11:25 p.m. (11 minutes earlier than normal)

Work performed: Ceiling tile replacement

Tap your SmarTrip card each time you enter and exit the Metrorail system. Riders traveling through the work zone will be charged for a single, continuous trip.

Silver Line
Trains every 20 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only | 7:00AM Saturday until closing Sunday

Silver Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only. Customers traveling to/from other stations should use Orange and/or Blue line trains to complete their trip. At Ballston, transfer between Silver and Orange line trains on the same platform.

Blue Line
Buses replace trains between Federal Triangle and Foggy Bottom | 7:00AM Saturday until closing Sunday

Blue Line trains will operate in two segments:

Between Franconia-Springfield & Foggy Bottom every 20 minutes
Between Federal Triangle & Largo Town Center every 15 minutes

Farragut West, McPherson Square and Metro Center (lower level) will be closed.

Free shuttle buses will operate between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle in two patterns:

Local – operating both directions between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle with intermediate stops at Farragut West, McPherson Square and Metro Center. Please add 10 minutes for each station stop.
Limited – operating in a one-way loop stopping at Foggy Bottom, Metro Center and Federal Triangle. Please add 20 minutes per station stop.

On Saturday and Sunday nights, the last Blue Line train departure time has been adjusted.

Last train from Franconia-Springfield to Foggy Bottom will be 10:59 p.m. (30 minutes earlier than normal)

Work performed: Ceiling tile replacement

10:00 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday, single tracking between National Airport & Braddock Road to allow for rail fastener renewal.

Tap your SmarTrip card each time you enter and exit the Metrorail system. Riders traveling through the work zone will be charged for a single, continuous trip.

Yellow Line
Trains every 20 minutes between Huntington & Mt. Vernon Sq only | 10:00PM Friday until closing Sunday

To accommodate SafeTrack Surge #14, all trains will operate to/from Mt. Vernon Square rather than Fort Totten. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt. Vernon Square should use a Green Line train to complete their trip.

Single tracking between National Airport & Braddock Road to allow for rail fastener renewal.

Green Line
SafeTrack Surge #14 | Line segment shutdown between Greenbelt & Prince George’s Plaza on Saturday and Greenbelt & College Park on Sunday

On Sunday, April 30, College Park station will open.

Green Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Branch Avenue & Prince George’s Plaza stations on Saturday and every 20 minutes between Branch Avenue & College Park on Sunday.”