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Metro schedules track work

The transit authority plans track work all week long, but one midday operation on the Blue and Yellow lines and weekend work scheduled for the Red, Orange and Blue lines are of special note because they will cause delays for riders.

Here’s a review of all the projects, starting with the weekday work.

Braddock Road

Crews are scheduled to do midday track work near Braddock Road station, where Metro needs to replace worn ties and upgrade the surface under the rails. The work will be done Mondays through Fridays over the next three weeks, starting today. (They will skip this Tuesday because of a special dedication event at Reagan National Airport.)

This is the train schedule.

Blue and Yellow lines, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, except Nov. 1: Trains will share a single track between Braddock Road and National Airport.

Yellow Line trains will operate every 18 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. Riders between Mount Vernon Square and Fort Totten should use Green Line trains.

Blue Line trains are scheduled to operate every 18 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center. Riders on both the Blue and Yellow lines should add about 15 minutes of travel time.

Other weekday work

This week, trains also will share tracks on the Red, Blue and Green lines at off-peak periods, but Metro does not expect this will result in delays.

Red Line: From 10 a.m. through 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, trains will share a track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook.

From 10 p.m. till closing, Monday through Thursday, trains will share a track between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor and between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue. (That restriction will clear a safe work zone for the District Department of Transportation’s rehabilitation on the New York Avenue Bridge above the tracks.

Orange Line: From 10 p.m. through closing, Monday and Tuesday, trains will share a track between Cheverly and New Carrollton.

Blue Line: From 10 p.m. till closing, Wednesday through Thursday, trains will share a track between the Stadium-Armory and Addison Road.

Green Line: From 10 p.m. till closing, Monday through Thursday, trains will share a track between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue.

10 p.m. Friday through midnight Sunday

Red Line: Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Glenmont and Fort Totten. Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will be closed.

The last Shady Grove-bound train will leave Fort Totten at 2:51 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (That’s the late Friday and late Saturday night service.) On Sunday night, the last train will leave at 11:51.

Allow yourself about a half hour of extra travel time if using the shuttle buses.

Orange/Blue lines: Trains will share a track between McPherson Square and Foggy Bottom. Throughout the weekend, trains will leave the ends of the lines about every 15 minutes. Allow about 20 minutes of extra travel time.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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