Weekend track work affects Orange, Red lines

February 21, 2013

Red Line trains will share tracks through two work zones, but the Orange Line will be most disrupted, with four stations closed. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The Metrorail maintenance schedule for this weekend has its biggest impact on the west side of the Orange Line, where four stations will be closed. Red Line riders will encounter delays in two work zones, but all stations will be open.

The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through the rail system’s midnight closing on Sunday.

Orange Line: Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Vienna and Ballston. The Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations will be closed. This will clear space for crews to work on the signal system where the new Silver Line will connect with the Orange Line.

On the open section of the rail line between Ballston and New Carrollton, trains are scheduled to operate normally. The shuttle buses on the closed portion of the rail line will follow two routes. An Express will stop at Vienna and Ballston only. A local will stop at all the stations between Vienna and Ballston. Don’t board the local shuttle if you need to go the entire route. That would add almost an hour to your travel time. The express adds about 25 minutes.

Red Line: Trains will share a track between Friendship Heights and Van Ness and between Takoma and Rhode Island Avenue. Through the weekend, trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 24 minutes. But between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, more trains will be added between Van Ness and MoMa-Gallaudet. So in that zone, trains should reach platforms about every 12 minutes. If you do travel through a work zone, add about 20 minutes to normal travel time.

What’s ahead

[Updated to include the Red Line track work.] For the weekend of March 2-3, Metro plans major work on the Blue and Yellow lines. The Reagan National Airport station will be closed for this track circuit replacement project. On the Red Line, buses will replace trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma. The Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland and Fort Totten stations will be closed. See a list of major projects through June.

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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