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Saturday, October 16, 2010; 9:59 PM

Metrorail open late

Metrorail will operate for an extra hour on Sunday night to accommodate fans attending the Washington Redskins game at FedEx Field.

The Redskins play the Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. The rail system will close at 1 a.m. instead of midnight. But trains will be available to transport passengers if the game goes into overtime, according to Metro.

The last Blue Line train headed toward Franconia-Springfield will leave Largo Town Center Station at 12:24 a.m. and Morgan Boulevard Station at 12:27 a.m.

Metro said there are 635 parking spaces at Morgan Boulevard and 2,200 at Largo Town Center for fans who want to park at one of those stations. The cost is $25 on exit and must be made via a SmarTrip electronic fare card. Parking begins three hours before kickoff.

Metro Maintenance

Red Line: Work on the deteriorated platform at Rockville Station continues this week as part of the Red Line rehabilitation project. Trains will share one location between Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations from 10 p.m. until closing Monday through Thursday. Riders traveling between the New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel times because of track work from 10 p.m. until closing Monday through Thursday.

Blue Line: Riders between the Stadium-Armory and Addison Road stations should add at least 30 minutes Monday through Thursday after 10 p.m. for track work. Between Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street, add 30 minutes from 10 p.m. to closing Monday and Tuesday. Crews will be welding new rail.

Orange Line: Add 20 minutes for travel between Clarendon and Ballston from 10 p.m. until closing Monday through Thursday while crews install cables to extend cellphone coverage.

New red-light cameras

Three new red-light cameras are in action in Northwest Washington, adding to the more than 50 deployed throughout the District.

The cameras made their debut last week on Connecticut Avenue southbound at Porter Street, on 14th Street northbound at K Street and on Third Street southbound at New York Avenue.

Until Nov. 12, people who get caught by the cameras will receive warnings in the mail. After that, violators will receive citations.

Md. transportation plan

Maryland officials are scheduled to discuss the state's six-year transportation plan with Prince George's County officials and residents on Wednesday.

The Maryland Transportation Department presents a draft to the counties and Baltimore City for review each fall. Officials then present a final report to the General Assembly in January.

State Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley is among the officials scheduled to attend.

Wednesday's meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the State Highway Administration Auditorium, 9300 Kenilworth Ave. in Greenbelt.

Tysons Corner shifts

Crew are demolishing a Beltway bridge across Route 123 this weekend in Tysons Corner. Route 123 will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, but be alert for detours and closures throughout the area. Four ramps connecting the Beltway and Chain Bridge are closed all weekend. Traffic is being detoured to Route 7 and Georgetown Pike.

There are also some long-term changes in places. The ramp from Chain Bridge Road northbound to the Beltway will be closed for up to two years, forcing motorists to use a new left-turn traffic signal just before the Capital One building to get onto the highway.

All four northbound lanes of the Beltway have shifted to the left over Chain Bridge Road. That shift is expected to last for 18 to 24 months as crews build the high-occupancy toll lanes between the Springfield interchange and the Dulles Toll Road.

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