Metro to resume track work on weekends

Robert Thomson
Columnist April 13, 2012

Grab a few refrigerator magnets and peg this list to them, if your refrigerator is big enough. This is Metro’s schedule of major track work for the rest of 2012. That’s major track work, not all track work.

These are the weekends when free shuttle buses will replace trains service on segments of lines. Sometimes, stations will be closed. Metro managers like this approach to maintenance, because it clears big areas to create safe work zones for several projects at once. The bus bridges between the stations work fairly smoothly, though unlike the other style of maintenance, which relies on single-tracking, these major outages force riders out of their train seats and into the open air to board buses.

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Not to worry. If you prefer the single-tracking style, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to participate. Metro plans to continue that, too. The midday and weekend single-tracking were suspended because of the crowding that occurs during cherry blossom season. But midday work resumes Monday, and weekend maintenance starts again next weekend.

Major track work

April 21-22

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Rhode Island Avenue and Silver Spring. Crews work on ties, insulators, rail fasteners, switch resurfacing and station rehabilitation at Fort Totten and Takoma. Brookland, Fort Totten’s Red Line platform and Takoma stations are closed.

●Blue Line: Buses replace trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn for replacement of rail ties. Arlington Cemetery station is closed.

April 28-29

●Blue Line: Buses again replace trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn to continue replacement of rail ties. Arlington Cemetery station is closed.

May 5-6

●Green Line: Buses replace trains between Greenbelt and Prince George’s Plaza. Crews work on ties, insulators and rail fasteners. College Park and Greenbelt stations are closed.

May 19-20

●Orange Line: Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. Crews work on switch installation for the Silver Line extension and tie replacement.

May 26-28

●Green Line: Buses replace trains between Greenbelt and West Hyattsville. Crews work on switch installation. Prince George’s Plaza, College Park and Greenbelt are closed.

June 2-3

●Orange Line: First of three consecutive weekends for work on the west end of the line. Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. Crews continue work on switch installation for the Silver Line and tie replacement.

June 9-10

●Orange Line: Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. Crews continue previous weekend’s work.

June 23-24

●Orange Line: Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. Crews continue previous weekends’ work.

June 30-July 1

●Orange/Blue lines: Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Landover and Benning Road . Crews work on rails, fasteners and platforms. Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood and Cheverly are closed.

July 7-8

●Orange/Blue lines: Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Landover and Benning Road. The previous weekend’s work continues. Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood and Cheverly again are closed.

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Silver Spring and Brookland. Crews work on ties and insulators, crossover track and and bridge repair. Takoma and Fort Totten’s Red Line platform are closed.

July 14-15

●Blue/Yellow lines: Buses replace trains between Pentagon City and Braddock Road. Crews work on fiber-optic cable installation, insulators and tie replacement. Crystal City and Reagan National Airport stations are closed.

July 21-22

●Red Line: First of five consecutive weekends of work on the line. Buses replace trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights. Crews work on rails and fasteners and repair the tunnel. Medical Center and Bethesda are closed.

July 28-29

●Red Line: Buses again replace trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights. Crews continue the previous weekend’s work. Medical Center and Bethesda again are closed.

Aug. 4-5

●Orange Line: Buses replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church. Crews work on rail, ties and insulators, and do testing for the Silver Line. Vienna,Dunn Loring and West Falls Church are closed.

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Fort Totten and Union Station. Crews work on ties and insulators as well as bridge repair. Brookland, Rhode Island Avenue, and NoMa-Gallaudet (New York Avenue) are closed.

Aug. 11-12

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights. Crews weld rails, upgrade fasteners and repair the tunnel. Medical Center and Bethesda are closed.

Aug. 18-19

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Silver Spring and Brookland. Crews work on rails and install emergency phone cables. Takoma and Fort Totten’s Red Line platform are closed.

Aug. 25-26

●Orange Line: Buses replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church. Crews work on ties and insulators, and do testing for Silver Line. Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church are closed.

Sept. 1-3

●Green/Yellow lines: Buses replace trains between Archives and Waterfront and Pentagon stations. Crews inspect the Yellow Line bridge, upgrade switches, repair leaks and replace fasteners. L’Enfant Plaza’s Green/Yellow platform is closed.

Sept. 8-9

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet. Crews install fiber optic cable and upgrade the radio system. Farragut North , Metro Center’s Red Line platform, Gallery Place’s Red Line platform, Judiciary Square and Union Station are closed.

Sept. 15-16

●Orange Line: Buses replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church. Crews work on rails and ties, replace insulators and do tests for the Silver Line. Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church are closed.

●Green Line: Buses replace trains between Greenbelt and College Park. Crews replace ties and make track improvements. Greenbelt is closed.

Sept. 22-23

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights. Crews work on rail and fastener upgrades and repair the tunnel. Medical Center and Bethesda are closed.

Sept. 29-30

●Orange Line: Buses replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church. Crews work on ties and insulators and do tests on the Silver Line. Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church are closed.

Oct. 6-8

●Orange/Blue lines: Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Largo Town Center and Minnesota Avenue. Crews upgrade switches. Benning Road, Capitol Heights, Addison Road, Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center are closed.

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Fort Totten and Silver Spring. Crews work on tracks and install emergency phone cables. Takoma is closed.

Oct. 13-15

●Orange/Blue lines: Buses replace trains between Farragut West and Smithsonian. Crews perform track work. McPherson Square, Metro Center’s Blue/Orange platform and Federal Triangle are closed.

Oct. 20-21

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights. Crews weld rails, upgrade fasteners and repair the tunnel. Medical Center and Bethesda are closed.

●Orange Line: Buses replace trains between West Falls Church and Ballston. Crews fix ties and insulators, repair fences and do tests for the Silver Line. East Falls Church is closed.

Nov. 3-4

●Orange/Blue lines: Buses replace trains between Court House and Pentagon and Foggy Bottom. Crews upgrade rails and fasteners, fix insulators, repair tunnel leaks and replace ties. Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations are closed.

Nov. 10-12

●Orange Line: Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and Virginia Square. Crews work on rails, fasteners, ties and switch upgrades. Ballston is closed.

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights. Crews work on rails, fasteners and tunnel repairs. Medical Center and Bethesda are closed.

Nov. 17-18

●Green/Yellow lines: Buses replace trains between Mount Vernon Square and L’Enfant Plaza. Crews install fiber-optic cable and upgrade the radio system. Gallery Place’s Green/Yellow platform and Archives are closed.

Dec. 1-2

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Forest Glen and Fort Totten. Crews perform track work and install emergency phone cables. Silver Spring and Takoma are closed.

Dec. 8-9

●Red Line: Buses replace trains between Forest Glen and Takoma. Crews perform track work and install emergency phone cables. Silver Spring is closed.

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