As Silver Line opens, only Red Line has track work

As Metro opens the Silver Line this weekend, the transit authority is limiting its track work program to the Red Line.

Crews will be working on the tracks between Shady Grove and Twinbrook. From 10 p.m. Friday through the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday, trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont every 20 minutes. On Saturday and Sunday, more trains will be in service between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet. In that zone, trains should reach platforms every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m

Trains on all the other lines will be operating on their normal weekend schedules.

The Silver Line trains are scheduled to start operating as “Silver Line” trains at noon Saturday. At that time, the inaugural train is scheduled to leave the new Wiehle-Reston East station for its eastbound trip to Largo Town Center. The first Silver Line train from Largo Town Center to Wiehle-Reston East is scheduled to leave Largo at 12:03 p.m. Saturday. Orange Line trains with destination signs of either Largo or East Falls Church will gradually switch over to their Silver Line designation, with destination signs of either Wiehle or Largo. At midday, they will be operating 12 minutes apart all along the line.

So riders between Rosslyn and Stadium-Armory who travel after noon on Saturday will see three colors of trains: Orange, Blue and Silver. If your destination is between those two stations, you can board any of those trains.

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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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