Metro track work to affect all lines during St. Patrick’s Day weekend

This St. Patrick’s Day weekend is going to be a busy one. March Madness will be in full swing, the cherry blossoms are blooming and there’s yet another marathon in town. Getting around the region will be particularly tricky, because Metro plans work on all five rail lines.

The transit authority plans to suspend its intensive weekend maintenance program for several weeks beginning March 24, but that won’t help the crowds the next few days. Here’s a rundown of what to expect on the rails.

●Red Line: The Shady Grove station will be closed. Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Shady Grove and Rockville from 10 p.m. Friday until the system closes Sunday night. Add at least 15 minutes to your trip.

Trains will run between Rockville and Glenmont every 10 minutes on Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. They will run at regular weekend intervals all other times. The last Glenmont-bound train will leave Rockville at 2:33 on Saturday and Sunday morning, and at 11:33 Sunday night.

●Orange Line: Trains will single-track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church from 10 p.m. Friday until the system closes Sunday night. This is to allow for cable installation as part of the Dulles rail project. Add at least 10 to 15 minutes to your trip. Orange Line trains will depart the ends of the line every 20 minutes.

●Blue Line: Trains will single-track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road from 10 p.m. Friday until the system closes Sunday night. This is to allow for repairs to the concrete slabs beneath the rails. Add at least 10 to 15 minutes to your trip. Blue Line trains will depart the ends of the line every 20 minutes.

●Green Line: Trains will single-track between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza from 10 p.m. Friday until the system closes Sunday night. This is to allow for track upgrades. Add at least 10 minutes to your trip. Green Line trains will depart the ends of the line every 16 minutes.

●Yellow Line: To coordinate with the single-tracking on the Green and Blue lines, Yellow Line trains will run every 16 minutes throughout the weekend between the Huntington and Mount Vernon Square stations. Add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

If you’re going to or from a station north of Mount Vernon Square, use the Green Line to finish your trip.

Metro will open at 6 a.m. Saturday, an hour earlier than usual, because of the Rock ’n’ Roll USA Marathon. The marathon will affect dozens of Metrobus routes Saturday morning and afternoon. Visit wapo.st/drgrid lock for a list of Metrobus routes detoured because of the marathon.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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