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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Weekend Metro work to disrupt 4 rail lines


(Matt McClain - For The Washington Post)
Once again, a segment of the Red Line will be closed this weekend, and buses will replace trains. Trains on portions of the Orange, Blue and Yellow lines will share tracks around work zones.

Then the following weekend, March 16-18, Metrobuses will replace Red Line trains between Rockville and Shady Grove while the Shady Grove station is closed.

This weekend’s work will start, as usual, at 10 p.m. Friday and continue till the train system’s midnight closing on Sunday. Riders get really annoyed about the delays and uncertainty of weekend transit riding, but just now, they’re complaining in particular about the Friday night starts.

This affects everyone out late, of course, but it seems particularly annoying to the fans who go to Verizon Center for either a Capitals or Wizards game. Often, they just manage to catch the start of a disruption on the way home.

Fortunately, that won’t be the case this Friday or next, just because there aren’t any Friday night games scheduled. Then Metro takes a break in weekend maintenance for the Cherry Blossom Festival. (I’ll have more transportation details about the festival on the March 18 Commuter page. The festival is extra long this year, because it’s the centennial of the cherry blossom trees.)

Here’s the maintenance schedule for this weekend.

Red Line: Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Dupont Circle and Van Ness. The Woodley Park and Cleveland Park stations will be closed. (A traveler pointed out to me that this shuts the two stations closest to the National Zoo.)

Trains will operate every 10 minutes during the daytime, and on the regular weekend schedule during late hours, the transit authority said. Riders using the shuttles should add 20 minutes to their normal travel times.

Orange Line: Trains will share tracks between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory and between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. They will leave the ends of the line at Vienna and New Carrollton about every 24 minutes. Add 15 to 20 minutes to normal travel times.

Blue Line: Trains will single track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory and between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road. They will leave the ends of the line at Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center about every 24 minutes. Add 15 to 20 minutes to normal travel times.

Orange and Blue Line riders: Keep this schedule in mind if you’re going to D.C. United’s home opener at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in RFK Stadium. Stadium-Armory is the nearest Metro stop.

Yellow Line: Trains will share a track between National Airport and Braddock Road. They will operate about every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. Add 15 to 20 minutes to normal travel times.

At off peak hours and on weekends, Yellow Line trains normally continue north to Fort Totten. Riders who want to continue north this weekend should switch over to the Green Line on the same platform.

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Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work | Tags:  Metro, WMATA, weekend delays

 
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