Metro's Columbus Day weekend disruption
Saturday, October 2, 2010; 9:34 PM
Metro plans to cut the Blue and Orange lines in the middle of downtown Washington over the entire Columbus Day weekend. The shutdown at Farragut West and McPherson Square and on the Blue/Orange Line level at Metro Center will create space for transit workers to replace four track switches at McPherson Square and to install new track fasteners, track and tunnel safety lights.
The Blue and Orange lines will each be split in two sections from 10 p.m., Friday through the midnight closing on Monday, Oct. 11. During that time, Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Foggy Bottom, and Largo Town Center and Federal Triangle. Orange Line trains will operate between Vienna and Foggy Bottom, and New Carrollton and Federal Triangle.
Some Blue Line trains will be diverted from the disrupted area. Instead of using the Rosslyn tunnel, they will take the Yellow Line bridge across the Potomac.
Metro will operate free shuttle buses to bridge the gaps between the lines.
Weekend train timetables
From 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday, every other Blue Line train from Franconia-Springfield will cross the Yellow Line bridge to L'Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place, terminating at Mount Vernon Square. After 9:30 p.m. Friday through Monday, all Blue Line trains from Franconia-Springfield will terminate at Foggy Bottom.
From 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday through Monday, Orange Line trains will operate about every 12 to 15 minutes apart. After 9:30 p.m. on Friday through Monday, they will operate about every 20 minutes apart.
From 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Monday, Blue Line trains will operate about every 12 to 15 minutes apart between Largo Town Center and Federal Triangle. They will operate about every 24 to 30 minutes apart between Franconia-Springfield and Foggy Bottom and between Franconia-Springfield and Mount Vernon Square. After 9:30 p.m. Friday through Monday, they will operate about every 20 minutes.
Shuttle bus routes
From 10 p.m., Friday, to the midnight closing on Monday, Metrobus will operate two shuttle routes linking the affected stations. Here's where to find the buses.
Route 1 (traveling clockwise)
Foggy Bottom: on northbound 23rd Street, south of I (Eye) Street NW.