Some Orange, Blue Line stations closed this weekend

Crews will work on four Metrorail lines this weekend, but the biggest impact will be on the Orange and Blue lines. Several stations will be shut and shuttle buses will replace trains on the closed portions of the lines.

Rail fasteners
Some of the rusty old rail fasteners that Metro is replacing. (Robert Thomson/The Washington Post)

These are the details on service from 10 p.m. Friday through Metrorail’s midnight closing on Sunday.

Orange Line. Crews will continue the platform rehabilitation at the Minnesota Avenue station. They’ll also be working on the tunnel and tracks along the closed portion of the line. The Potomac Avenue, Stadium-Armory, Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood stations will be closed.

On the open sections of the line, trains are scheduled to operate every 15 minutes. The free shuttle buses spanning the closed portion of the line will operate on two routes. Express buses will stop only at Eastern Market and Cheverly. The trip should take about 45 minutes, the transit authority said.

Local buses will include stops at all stations between Eastern Market and Cheverly. Travel between each stop should take about 10 minutes.

The shuttle bus schedule affects the timing of the last Orange Line train of the night from New Carrollton to Cheverly. The train will leave 41 minutes earlier than normal. So on Friday and Saturday nights, the last trains will leave New Carrollton at 1:55 a.m. On Sunday, the last train will leave at 10:55 p.m.

Blue Line. The Blue Line shares part of the work zone with the Orange Line. Shuttle buses will replace trains between Eastern Market and Benning Road, with the Potomac and Stadium-Armory stations closed. On the open portion of the line, trains are scheduled to operate every 15 minutes.

As with the Orange Line, the free shuttle buses will operate on express and local routes. The express will stop only at Eastern Market and Benning Road. That trip should take half an hour. The local will include stops at Potomac Avenue and Stadium-Armory. The ride between each station should take about 10 minutes.

The bus schedule also affects the timing of the last Blue Line train each night from Largo Town Center to Benning Road. It will leave 30 minutes earlier than normal. So on Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Largo at 1:54 a.m. On Sunday, it will leave at 10:54 p.m.

Red Line. Crews will work on the tracks between Van Ness and Friendship Heights and between Silver Spring and Forest Glen, requiring trains in both directions to share a track around the work zones. Trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont every 16 minutes through the weekend. But from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, extra trains will operate between Van Ness and Silver Spring. In that zone, trains should reach platforms about every eight to 10 minutes.

Green Line. Crews will continue building the test track for the new rail cars between College Park and Greenbelt. This will affect service at the Greenbelt station during the day.

Between Branch Avenue and College Park, trains will operate on their regular weekend schedule. But between College Park and Greenbelt, they will operate every 20 to 25 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Riders will notice that the Minnesota Avenue platform work and the Greenbelt test track often appear on the weekend list. See a column about that:

Metro projects, like road projects, take a long time when they work around commuters

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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