Metrorail weekend work to disrupt three lines

November 27, 2012

Metrorail service on the Red, Orange and Green lines will be disrupted by maintenance this weekend. (J. Scott Applewhite — Associated Press)

The transit authority plans maintenance and reconstruction work on the Red, Orange and Green lines this weekend. On segments of the Orange and Green lines, trains will share tracks around work zones. But on the Red Line, two stations will be shut, and shuttle buses will bridge the gap.

All the disruptions are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through the rail system’s midnight closing on Sunday.

Red Line: Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Fort Totten and Forest Glen. The Silver Spring and Takoma stations will be closed. Trains between Shady Grove and Fort Totten will operate about every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The rest of the time, they will operate on normal weekend schedules.

Between Forest Glen and Glenmont, they will operate about every 20 minutes through the weekend.

If your trip includes a ride on a shuttle bus, add about half an hour to your normal travel time. Also, be prepared to stand outside while waiting to board the shuttle buses. The bus bridges usually work well, but they do get riders off trains and into the outdoors.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the last Red Line train from Glenmont will leave at 2:05 a.m., 32 minutes earlier than normal, to allow for bus connections, Metro said. The last train from Fort Totten to Shady Grove will leave at 2:50 a.m., stopping at Metro Center at 3:06 a.m. and arriving at Shady Grove at 3:40 a.m., Metro said.

On Sunday night, the last Red Line train from Glenmont will leave at 11:05 p.m., 32 minutes earlier than normal. The last train from Fort Totten to Shady Grove will leave at 11:50 p.m., stopping at Metro Center at 12:06 a.m. and arriving at Shady Grove at 12:40 a.m., Metro said.

Orange Line: Trains will share tracks between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly and between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. They will operate every 24 minutes between the ends of the line at Vienna and New Carrollton. But allow 15 minutes of extra travel time for the work zones, Metro said.

If you’re traveling through downtown D.C., remember that the Blue Line shares the tunnel in that area, so trains will arrive more frequently between Rosslyn and Stadium-Armory.

Green Line: Trains will share a track between Greenbelt and College Park. Every other train will use College Park, rather than Greenbelt, as its terminal. Between College Park and Branch Avenue, trains will operate on their normal weekend schedules. But add about 10 minutes of travel time between College Park and Greenbelt.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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