Red Line to close in heart of downtown this weekend


Metro fares are set to go up Sunday. Meanwhile, Red Line riders will encounter delays for downtown track work. (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

Metro schedule changes
Red Line. Starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Woodley Park and Gallery Place. The Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations and the Red Line platform at Metro Center will be closed through the end of rail service at midnight Sunday. In the closed zone, workers will be fixing the ceilings and upgrading the communications systems.

Between Shady Grove and Woodley Park, trains are scheduled to operate every 10 minutes. Between Gallery Place and Glenmont, trains should reach platforms every 15 minutes.

The shuttle buses will operate on two schedules:

  • One service will stop at Woodley Park, Metro Center and Gallery Place. Riding this shuttle all the way will take about 25 minutes.
  • The other route will stop at all the stations between Woodley Park and Gallery Place. The trip between each stop will take about 10 minutes.

Night owls, pay attention: The last train from Shady Grove to Woodley Park will leave 37 minutes earlier than normal to make the shuttle connection. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Shady Grove at 1:53 a.m., and on Sunday, the last train will leave at 10:53 p.m.

The last train from Glenmont to Gallery Place will leave 18 minutes earlier than normal. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Glenmont at 2:19 a.m., and on Sunday, the last train will leave at 11:19 p.m.

Bus alternatives: Some riders may prefer to take a bus all the way instead of a train-bus-train trip. To see if a Metrobus route works, use Metro’s Trip Planner and hit the button marked “bus only.” Or check the D.C. Circulator bus routes.

Orange Line. The trains will operate on their regular weekend schedule. But to allow crews to work on the tracks, all trains at the East Falls Church station will arrive on the New Carrollton side of the platform.

Blue Line. Crews will work on the tracks between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road. Trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes all along the line.

Yellow Line. The work zone is the same as for the Blue Line. Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. To continue north, wait on the platform for a Green Line train.

Fares change
The rail and bus fare hikes approved by the Metro board this spring take effect Sunday. Parking at Metro lots and garages is free on weekends, so the effects of the parking fee increase won’t be visible till Monday. On Metrorail, only the off-peak fare applies on Sunday. Commuters will experience the new peak fares on Monday.

Metrobus detours

From 6 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Routes 4B, 5A and 38B will detour for the Freedom Four Miler race. The event, scheduled to start at 8 a.m., takes place along Wilson Boulevard in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington County and Route 110.

During the race, these roads will be closed:

  • Wilson Boulevard between North Veitch Street and Route 110 (Jefferson Davis Highway)
  • Clarendon Boulevard between between North Veitch Street and Route 110
  • Northbound Route 110 between Rosslyn and Interstate 395

See also
Metro making changes in track work plan.

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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