Metro will close five eastern Red Line stations during Labor Day weekend

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 3, 2010

Metro will undertake one of the largest maintenance projects in the history of the 34-year-old rail system during Labor Day weekend, shutting down five stations on the eastern end of the Red Line.

The Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will close at 10 p.m. Friday. Normal service won't resume until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

During the closure, Metro will operate free shuttle buses to all stations between Fort Totten and Glenmont. Metro estimates that anyone traveling through the work zone should add 40 minutes to their trips. Metro's trip planner feature will not reflect the time changes caused by the track work, officials said.

During the day, all Red Line trains will operate approximately every six minutes Saturday, and about every seven to eight minutes Sunday and Monday. After 9:30 p.m. from Friday through Monday, all Red Line trains will operate approximately every 15 minutes.

-- On Friday, before closure of the Red Line between the Fort Totten and Glenmont stations, the last Glenmont-bound Red Line train through the work area will be scheduled to depart Shady Grove at 8:58 p.m., Fort Totten at 9:47 p.m., Takoma at 9:50 p.m., Silver Spring at 9:53 p.m., Forest Glen at 9:56 p.m. and Wheaton at 9:59 p.m., and to arrive at the Glenmont Metrorail station at 10:01 p.m.

-- On Friday, the last Shady Grove-bound Red Line train through the work area will be scheduled to depart the Glenmont station at 9:35 p.m., Wheaton at 9:38 p.m., Forest Glen at 9:41 p.m., Silver Spring at 9:44 p.m., Takoma at 9:47 p.m. and Fort Totten at 9:49 p.m., and to arrive at the Shady Grove station at 10:38 p.m.

-- In order for Shady Grove-bound Red Line trains to make their final connections for the Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green lines, the last train will depart the Fort Totten station at 2:51 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; 11:49 p.m. Sunday; and 12:49 a.m. Tuesday (after Monday night's football game).

Metro advised customers to consider avoiding the closures by using the western end of the Red Line to get to downtown Washington or taking Metrobus or Montgomery County's Ride On buses, which connect the eastern and western ends of the Red Line.

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