No Yellow Line trains this weekend

November 13, 2013

A crew repaired tracks at Silver Spring station during one of this fall’s rebuilding projects. (Robert Thomson — The Washington Post)

Metro workers will perform an annual inspection of the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac River this weekend. As a result, the transit authority will suspend all Yellow Line service.

A shuttle train, scheduled to operate every 10 minutes, will take riders between the Huntington station, which is normally the end of the Yellow Line in Virginia, and the Braddock Road station, where they can transfer to the Blue Line to continue their trips.  For a train trip starting or ending at the Huntington or Eisenhower Avenue stations, switch to the Blue Line at Braddock Road.

The Blue Line will be operating on its normal weekend schedule. But every other line has work scheduled that will affect service from 10 p.m. Friday through Metrorail’s midnight closing Sunday.

Green Line. Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Archives and Navy Yard, while crews install signs and work on the tracks. The Waterfront station will be closed, and L’Enfant Plaza will be open only for the Blue and Orange Line trains. Between Greenbelt and Archives, the Green Line trains are scheduled to operate every 10 minutes, except late at night when they will be less frequent. Between Branch Avenue and Navy Yard, they will operate every 12 to 15 minutes most of the weekend, but also will be less frequent late at night.

The shuttle bus routes will include stops at the L’Enfant Plaza and Waterfront stations. Metro says the ride will take about 10 minutes per stop.

Orange Line. Trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes all along the line. Rebuilding work will continue at the Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood stations.

Red Line. Trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont every 16 minutes through the weekend. But between Farragut North and Silver Spring, more trains will be in service. So in that zone, trains should reach platforms every eight to 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Crews will be working on the tracks between Dupont Circle and Van Ness.

By midday Friday, Metro updates its online Trip Planner to reflect the weekend disruptions. Using it for the train arrival times should minimize your waits on platforms, though experience shows that the actual arrival times don’t always match up with the scheduled times.

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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