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“Metro is advising Green Line customers of unscheduled track work that will likely affect Friday morning rush hour service. Ultrasonic testing has identified a possible rail defect in the early stages of forming outside Columbia Heights Station. In response, Metro plans to replace approximately 100 feet of rail during the overnight hours Thursday night and Friday morning.
Temporary measures are already in place to allow trains to continue to operate safely until permanent repairs are completed.
Starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, all Green Line trains will single track between U Street and Georgia Ave-Petworth stations. Due to the complex nature of the rail replacement work, the single tracking is expected to continue during the Friday morning rush hour.
Green Line trains will run less frequently than normal while single tracking is in effect. Customers should allow additional travel time and expect crowding conditions during the Friday morning commute.
Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square, rather than Fort Totten, until the repairs are completed.
Green Line customers are encouraged to consider alternate travel options Friday morning such as:
Red Line service between Fort Totten and Downtown DC
Metrobus S-line service along 16th Street NW
Metrobus 50/59 service along 14th Street NW
Metrobus 70/79 service along Georgia Ave NW/7th Street NW
MARC train service between Greenbelt and Union Station
DC Circulator between Columbia Heights and McPherson Sq”