Metro plans weekend closing at Greenbelt station

December 17, 2013

After postponing Green Line track work because of last weekend’s storm, Metro has rescheduled it for Saturday and Sunday. But that will be the only planned track work on Metrorail. All other lines will operate on their normal weekend schedule, Metro said.

Greenbelt station
Trains won’t operate at Greenbelt on Saturday and Sunday. (Robert Thomson/The Washington Post)

On the Green Line, free shuttle buses will replace trains between College Park and Greenbelt. Train service will operate as usual between College Park and Branch Avenue. In the College Park-Greenbelt work zone, crews are building a test track for Metro’s new rail cars, scheduled to begin entering service in 2014.

Some travelers heading into the District who normally would park and ride from the Greenbelt station might prefer to drive to the College Park station, so they can skip the shuttle buses, which will take about 15 minutes for the trip between stations. Others might find it more convenient to depart from the Orange Line’s New Carrollton station, which like Greenbelt is just off the Capital Beltway.

This weekend marks the start of a holiday getaway for many people, some of whom will take the B30 bus from the Greenbelt station to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Metro officials recommend that Green Line riders get to the College Park station half an hour before the B30′s scheduled departure time from Greenbelt so they can make the shuttle bus connection. See the Metrobus B30 schedule here.

A rail alternative for BWI-bound travelers is to take a weekend MARC train between Union Station and the BWI Airport station. Follow this link to see the MARC weekend schedule.

The Green Line project is the last major track work scheduled for 2013.

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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Robert Thomson · December 17, 2013