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Metro: Holidays will be free of major track work

Metro plans to put the brakes on major track work around the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. Instead, the agency said Thursday it will pursue “an aggressive schedule of rebuilding work” before the season.

There will be no major track work on the rail system over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. There will also be no work between Dec. 19 and Jan. 3, officials said.

Metro is trying to address safety recommendations made by the the National Transportation Safety Board and to reverse years of decline in its sprawling rail network.

The work will include installing new rail and ties, replacing critical track circuitry and equipment in the rights of way, rehabilitating power systems and modernizing stations.

The work will begin Friday and continue through Dec. 18. Buses will be used to shuttle riders in areas where stations have to be closed.

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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