Metro switch project to disrupt Green, Yellow lines this weekend


Metro plans to finish replacing a switch near L’Enfant Plaza, which will halt weekend service over the Yellow Line bridge. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Metro plans to continue its switch replacement project outside L’Enfant Plaza this weekend, which will disrupt service on the Green and Yellow lines. The upper level platform at L’Enfant Plaza will be closed.

Other projects will require trains to share tracks on the Orange and Red lines. All the disruptions are scheduled for 10 p.m. Friday through the rail system’s midnight closing on Sunday. This is the last weekend of the year for major track work. The program resumes the weekend of Jan. 5-6.

Here are the details for this weekend.

Green Line: Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Archives and Waterfront stations. Trains will operate between Greenbelt and Archives about every 10 minutes from  9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and on their regular weekend schedules at other times. They will operate between Waterfront and Branch Avenue at regular weekend intervals.

The shuttle buses will travel between Archives, L’Enfant Plaza and Waterfront stations. Add about 20 minutes to normal travel times if using the buses.

The last Green Line train from Greenbelt to Archives will operate 20 minutes earlier than normal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Yellow Line: No service between Fort Totten and Pentagon this weekend. Trains will operate between Huntington and Pentagon about every 12 minutes.

Yellow Line riders heading for downtown D.C. from Virginia should switch to Blue Line trains at any station between Pentagon and King Street. Riders who would normally take Yellow Line trains between Fort Totten and Archives should use the Green Line trains arriving on the same platform.

Red Line: Trains will share tracks around work zones between Friendship Heights and Van Ness and between Takoma and Forest Glen. They will leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 24 minutes throughout the weekend. But from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, more trains will be in service between Van Ness and NoMa-Gallaudet U. In that zone, trains should reach platforms about every 12 minutes.

Add about 20 minutes to normal travel times to get through the work zones.

Orange Line: Trains will share tracks between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly and between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. They will operate about every 24 minutes from the ends of the line, but allow about 15 minutes of extra travel time to get through the work zones.

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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