Metro planning weekend work on Red, Orange, Green lines


Metro’s track work program will delay travelers this weekend on the Red, Orange and Green lines. (Susan Biddle – For The Washington Post)

Though Metro canceled the big project planned for this weekend, lesser disruptions are scheduled to occur on the Red, Orange and Green lines. Most of the work begins at 10 p.m. Friday and continues through Metrorail’s midnight closing Sunday. But all the Red Line maintenance is scheduled to end by noon Sunday, before the Capitals game at the  Verizon Center at 3 p.m. draws a crowd.

Red Line: From 10 p.m. Friday through noon Sunday, trains will share a track between Farragut North and Judiciary Square. They will operate between the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 20 minutes. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. and noon Sunday, more trains will be operating between Shady Grove and Farragut North, so in that zone, trains should reach platforms about every 10 minutes. Add about 10 minutes of extra travel time because of the work zone, the transit authority said.

Orange Line:  From 10 p.m. Friday through the Sunday closing, trains will share a track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Throughout the weekend, trains will operate about every 24 minutes so add about 20 minutes to normal travel time.

Green Line:  From 10 p.m. Friday through the Sunday closing, trains will share a track between College Park and Greenbelt. The trains will operate on their regular weekend schedule, but during the daytime, every other train will begin or end its run at College Park, rather than Greenbelt. Add about 10 minutes to normal travel time.

As Dana Hedgpeth wrote, the cellphone service project that was expected to split the Red Line in the middle of downtown D.C. was cancelled and hasn’t been rescheduled yet.

 

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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