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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Metro plans weekday track work on four lines, weekend work on all five lines

An old cliche says that there are two certainties in life: death and taxes.
(Bonnie Jo Mount - The Washington Post)
For the Washington region, it’s fair to say we can add Metro track work to that list. There will be weekday work on four of Metro’s lines and weekend work on all five lines.

Here's this week’s weekday and weekend Metro track work:

WEEKDAY

Red Line:

• Monday through Thursday night (beginning at 10 p.m.), trains will single-track between Takoma and Forest Glen for fiber optic cable installation and station platform repairs. Plan to add at least 15 minutes to your trip.

• Tuesday through Thursday nights (beginning at 8 p.m.), trains will single-track between Van Ness and Medical Center to allow for track circuit module replacement. Plan to add at least 15 minutes to your trip.

Orange Line:

• Monday through Friday (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), trains will single track between Vienna and West Falls Church to allow for rail fastener, tie and insulator renewal. Expect minor delays.

• Monday through Thursday nights (beginning at 10 p.m.), trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for testing associated with the Dulles rail extension. Plan to add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Blue Line:

• Monday through Thursday nights (beginning at 10 p.m.),trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road to allow for repairs to floating slabs beneath the rails. Plan to add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Green Line:

• Monday through Friday (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), trains will single track between College Park and Greenbelt for rail, fastener, tie and insulator renewal. Plan to add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

WEEKEND

This weekend is going to be a busy one. March Madness will be in full swing, Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day and there’s yet another marathon in town.

(We’ll have more about Saturday’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in a separate post, but one Metro-related note: Metrorail will open at 6 a.m. on Saturday, an hour early, due to the marathon.)

With all of these events, it’s best to know in advance that there will be work on all five Metro lines.

Red Line:

• The Shady Grove station will be closed. Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Shady Grove and Rockville from Friday at 10 p.m. until the system closes on Sunday night. Add at least 15 minutes to your trip.

• Trains will run between Rockville and Glenmont every 10 minutes on Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. They will run at regular weekend intervals all other times.

• The last Glenmont-bound train will leave Rockville at 2:33 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights/early the next morning and at 11:33 p.m. on Sunday.

Orange Line:

• Trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church from 10 p.m. Friday until the system closes on Sunday night.
Dulles rail construction in Tysons Corner last year. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
This is to allow for cable installation as part of the Dulles Rail project. Add at least 10 to 15 minutes to your trip.

• Orange Line trains will depart the ends of the line every 20 minutes.

Blue Line:

• Trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road from 10 p.m. Friday until the system closes on Sunday night. This is to allow for repairs to the concrete slabs beneath the rails. Add at least 10 to 15 minutes to your trip.

• Blue Line trains will depart the ends of the line every 20 minutes.

Green Line:

• Trains will single track between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza from 10 p.m. Friday until the system closes on Sunday night. This is to allow for track upgrades. Add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

• Green Line trains will depart the ends of the line every 16 minutes.

Yellow Line:

• To coordinate with the single-tracking on the Green and Blue lines, Yellow Line trains will run every 16 minutes throughout the weekend between the Huntington and Mount Vernon Square stations. Add at least 10 minutes to your usual trip.

• If you’re going to or from a station north of Mount Vernon Square, use the Green Line to finish your trip.

By  |  12:57 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Tags:  D.C. Metro, Metrorail, Metrobus, WMATA, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

 
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