Metrorail working on four lines this weekend


The Red Line will be split into two segments, and trains will share tracks on the Blue, Orange and Green lines. (Robert Thomson/The Washington Post)

The major track work for this weekend is on the Red Line, but other reconstruction and maintenance projects will be underway on the Blue, Orange and Green lines. The schedule affects service from 10 p.m. Friday through the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday.

Red Line

Free shuttle buses will replace trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma stations. (One of the projects is not a Metro job: the reconstruction of the New York Avenue Bridge over the tracks north of Union Station.)

The Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations will be closed. The Fort Totten station will be open only on the Green and Yellow Line level.

Between Glenmont and Takoma, and between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet, the trains will operate about every 10 minutes during the daytime and at regular weekend intervals other times.

In between those two segments, the shuttle buses will operate on two routes. One is an express between Takoma and NoMa-Gallaudet. That will add about 20 minutes to normal travel times. The other is a local route that will stop at all the affected stations. Taking the entire route would add about half an hour to the normal travel time.

Riders who would normally take the Red Line to get downtown might be better off taking the Green Line. There’s a big parking lot just off the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt. Or they could take the Red Line to Takoma, get on the shuttle bus, go one stop to Fort Totten and get on the Green or Yellow lines there.

The last train from Glenmont to Takoma will leave at 1:59 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights so it can make the connection with the shuttle bus. On Sunday, the last train from Glenmont will leave at 10:59 p.m.

Blue/Orange lines

Trains will share a track between McPherson Square and Smithsonian stations. Workers will be installing new ceiling tiles and doing maintenance work on the tracks.

Trains will operate about every 20 minutes in each direction throughout the weekend. Add about 10 minutes to normal travel time getting through the work zone.

Metrorail will open two hours early on Sunday to accommodate participants in the Nike Women Half Marathon. (The event sponsors are paying for the extra service.) Between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. Sunday, trains will operate about every 12 minutes.

To make late night connections with the Red Line, the last Orange Line train from New Carrollton will leave at 2:17 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and at 11:17 p.m. Sunday. The last Blue Line train from Largo Town Center will leave at 2:14 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and at 11:14 p.m. Sunday.

Green Line

Trains will share tracks through two work zones: Between Greenbelt and College Park, and between Naylor Road and Branch Avenue. Trains will operate every 20 minutes. Add about 10 minutes to normal travel times.

Yellow Line

There’s no work scheduled for the line, but the schedule will be adjusted to coordinate with the work on the Green and Blue lines, which share portions of track with the Yellow Line. Trains will operate about every 20 minutes. Add about 10 minutes to normal travel times.

The Yellow Line trains will operate on their regular weekend route, between Huntington and Fort Totten.

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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