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Be Thankful for the Yellow Line Because It’s about to go on Hiatus for a 14-day capital improvement project

Photo by PoPville flickr user Erinn Shirley


“On Monday, November 26, Metro will begin a 14-day capital improvement project (10 commuting days) on the Yellow Line Bridge over the Potomac River. The project, announced in February, is Metro’s fourth and final major capital improvement project of 2018.

Customers are reminded there will be no Yellow Line service from Monday, November 26 through Sunday, December 9, as crews make structural repairs and infrastructure upgrades on the bridge. Yellow Line customers should use the Blue Line for alternate service between Virginia and DC.

Due to the heavy construction activity and limited space available on the bridge span, both tracks must be out of service for safety reasons. This approach also allows crews to complete the work faster, working around the clock to pour new concrete grout pads, replace fasteners, cables and other components.

Metro will operate Blue Line trains between Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center every 16 minutes and between Huntington and Largo Town Center every 16 minutes. Because this represents a 50 percent reduction in capacity, crowding is possible, and customers are encouraged to allow additional travel time.

Metro also will offer free shuttle bus options for Blue Line customers. Details are available at

In DC, customers who normally take the Yellow Line should use the Green Line instead. For service to Virginia, transfer to the Blue Line at L’Enfant Plaza.

Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips on the Yellow and Blue lines during this time but will remain in effect for customers on other lines.”

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