Metro unveils six-month plan for major weekend work

January 8, 2014

All Metrorail lines will be affected by weekend disruptions for the rebuilding program. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The transit authority has made public its schedule of major weekend track work for the first six months of 2014. Major work is the kind that closes stations and requires free shuttle bus bridges to span the gap in rail service.

Because these projects take so long to plan, Metro can release a long-range schedule. But look for week by week announcements to get the full picture when lesser projects are factored in. That type of work causes train arrival times to be more spread out than normal. That type of work will occur this coming weekend, though there is no major track work.

The first thing I notice about this schedule for major work is that it seems a bit lighter than previous six-month schedules. Part of that is a let up for the springtime Cherry Blossom Festival and also for commencement season in May.

“But it is also a reflection of the fact that we are now entering the second half of the rebuilding effort,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said in an e-mail.

“We told our riders that the rebuilding effort would gradually wane in intensity as we were able to dig out of the hole. That’s what you’re starting to notice.” But he also added that “we still have more to do.” The transit authority’s plan is to continue the aggressive rebuilding effort into 2017. Maintenance work will never be done, but by 2017, the intensity of the scheduled service disruptions that began several years ago should slacken.

These long range schedules sometimes get modified, particularly in the later months, so watch here for any updates, along with the announcements about the projects that require trains to share tracks around work zones.

January-June
Martin Luther King Day weekend (Jan. 17-19):

Red Line. Buses replace trains between Metro Center and Woodley Park from 10 p.m. Friday through the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday. Farragut North and Dupont Circle stations will be closed. Service on Monday, the holiday, will be normal.

Green Line. Buses replace trains between College Park and Greenbelt. The Greenbelt Metrorail station will be closed. Normal service on the Monday holiday.

Feb. 15-17:
Red Line. Buses replace trains between Metro Center and Woodley Park. Farragut North and Dupont Circle stations will be closed.

Feb. 22-23:
Blue/Orange lines. Buses replace trains between Eastern Market and the Cheverly and Benning Road stations. Potomac Avenue, Stadium-Armory, Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood stations will be closed.

March 15-16:
Green Line. Buses replace trains between College Park and Greenbelt. Greenbelt station will be closed.

April 19-20:
Orange Line. Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road. Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood stations will be closed.

April 26-27:
Orange Line. Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road.

May 24-25:
Blue/Yellow lines. Buses replace trains between Braddock Road and the Franconia-Springfield and Huntington stations. The King Street, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street and Franconia-
Springfield stations will be closed.

Red Line. Buses replace trains between Forest Glen and Glenmont. The Wheaton and Glenmont stations will be closed.

June 28-29:
Red Line. Buses replace trains between Dupont Circle and Gallery Place. Farragut North and Metro Center (Red Line platform) will be closed.

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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