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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Metro maintenance focuses on Red Line this weekend

This weekend will be the last for Metro’s maintenance program before the holiday break, but it will be busy, particularly on the Red Line.

Work continues this week on all lines, but the transit authority anticipates only minor delays during off-peak periods. Here’s a look at the schedule, starting with the weekend, because of the anticipated delays caused by trains sharing tracks.

Weekend work is scheduled on all five lines from 10 p.m. Friday through the train system’s midnight closing Sunday.

Red Line: The focus of the work is at the Farragut North station, where crews will continue the effort to stabilize a water main that runs through the mezzanine level. Metro is trying to get this work done before an escalator replacement project closes off the south station entrance at nearby Dupont Circle.

To create a safe work zone for the weekend effort, a track will be taken out of service between Dupont Circle and Judiciary Square.

From 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, trains will leave every 10 minutes from the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont, but every other train from Shady Grove will turn back at Dupont Circle and every other train from Glenmont will turn back at Union Station.

At other times this weekend, the trains will leave the ends of the line every 20 minutes.

The last train from Glenmont will leave 11 minutes earlier than usual, at 2:26 a.m. Saturday and Sunday — that’s the Friday and Saturday night owl service — and at 11:26 p.m. Sunday, when service ends at midnight.

Riders should allow a half hour extra for their travel times and anticipate crowding.

Orange Line: Trains will share a track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church while workers install fiber optic cable.

Trains will leave about every 20 minutes from the ends of the line at Vienna and New Carrollton. Passengers waiting at the stations where the Blue and Orange lines run together should see a train about every 10 minutes.

Blue Line: Trains will share a track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road and between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road. All weekend, trains will leave the ends of the line at Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center about every 20 minutes. So again, riders waiting at stations where the Blue and Orange lines run together should see a train about every 10 minutes.

Green/Yellow lines: Yellow Line trains will share a track between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road. The Yellow trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. They will not continue north to Fort Totten as they normally do on weekends. Board a Green Line train to go north of Mount Vernon Square.

Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend service levels, Metro says. There will be minor adjustments to the schedule, because of single tracking between College Park and Greenbelt for track inspections. Every other train will turn back at College Park during the daytime.

Weekday maintenance

Red Line: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, trains will share a track between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten while crews work on the rails and crossties. Delays should be minor, Metro says.

Starting at 8 o’clock tonight through Thursday night, trains will share a track between Van Ness and Medical Center while crews replace track circuits. These delays also should be minor, Metro says.

Transit officials don’t expect any delays because of single tracking starting at 10 o’clock tonight through Thursday night between Takoma and Forest Glen, where workers will be installing fiber optic cable.

Orange Line: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, trains will share a track between Cheverly and New Carrollton during work on rails and cross ties. Metro anticipates no delays.

From 10 o’clock each night through Thursday, trains will share a track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church while cables are installed. Metro anticipates no delays.

Blue Line: From 10 o’clock each night through Thursday, trains will share a track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road while crews repair the slabs under the tracks. No delays are expected.

Green Line: From 11 o’clock each night through Thursday night, trains will share a track between U Street and Georgia Avenue while crews work on the rails. No delays are expected.

By  |  04:05 PM ET, 12/12/2011

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