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Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Metro undertakes major track work this weekend

Metro plans to perform major work this weekend on its tracks along the Red, Blue and Green lines. Buses will replace some rail service where track work is being done.

On the Red Line, starting on Friday at 10 p.m. through closing on Sunday, two stations will be closed — Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland. Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Fort Totten and New York Avenue stations.

Metro will put in new tracks, ties and insulators. The system will also help with work being performed by the District Department of Transportation on a bridge near New York Avenue station.

Metro suggests customers avoid the work area by connecting on the Green Line to travel between Gallery Place and Fort Totten. Customers should allow 30 minutes of extra travel time for shuttle buses, Metro said.

Other work will be done on the Blue Line this weekend so trains will share one track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road. Crews will work to fix slabs underneath the rails.

Customers on the Blue Line should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time, Metro said, and trains will depart “endpoint terminals” every 20 minutes.

On the Green and Yellow lines, trains will share one track between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza as crews do track “renewal work.”

On Halloween weekend, Metro is also expected to do track work and is warning those planning to go out to prepare accordingly.

Metro’s advice: Use other modes such as Metrobus or DC Circulator.

On the Green Line, buses will replace trains between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue so switches can be installed on the rail line.

Green Line trains will operate down the Yellow Line to and from Huntington station.

On the Red Line, there will be be single-tracking throughout the weekend between Dupont Circle and Union Station.

On the Orange Line, there will be single-tracking between Cheverly and New Carrollton.

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