Saturday marks the first of 18 days without the Blue Line, as Metro resumes its SafeTrack maintenance projects.
There won’t be any trains running through the track work zone between the Pentagon and Rosslyn stations, and the Arlington Cemetery station will be closed. Free shuttle buses will operate between Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery.
On weekdays, the line will be replaced by Yellow Rush Plus service, which will continue all day between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt. But there’s a different plan for the weekend, when ridership is lower.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Yellow Line Rush Plus will operate only between Franconia-Springfield and Reagan National Airport. The trains are scheduled to reach platforms every 20 minutes.
So if you’re taking a train from Franconia-Springfield to reach the District, you will need to transfer to a regular Yellow Line train at the airport station. That regular Yellow Line train will take you as far north as Mount Vernon Square. If you want to go farther north than that, transfer to a Green Line train to Greenbelt. If you want to head east along what normally would be the Blue Line route, switch from the Yellow Line to the Silver Line at L’Enfant Plaza. The Silver Line will be operating between Wiehle-Reston East and Largo this weekend.
Let’s look at several travel scenarios for the weekend.
Arlington Cemetery. The only reason to board that shuttle bus at Pentagon is to visit Arlington Cemetery. The shuttle won’t continue on to Rosslyn. If you want to reach Arlington Cemetery from the west, you might do one of these things: Drive via the George Washington Parkway and park in the Arlington Cemetery garage; take the Orange or Silver lines to L’Enfant Plaza, switch to a Yellow Line train to the Pentagon station and board the shuttle bus there; or walk about three-quarters of a mile from the Rosslyn Metro station to the cemetery’s Ord and Weitzle Gate near the Marine Corps Memorial. See a map with directions.
National Airport. If you’re traveling by Metro, you have these options: the Yellow Line Rush Plus from Franconia-Springfield or the regular Yellow Line from Huntington; the Orange or Silver lines to L’Enfant Plaza and a transfer to the Yellow Line to the airport station. An air traveler arriving at Dulles International Airport who wants to connect with National via transit could board a 5A Metrobus at Dulles, get off at L’Enfant Plaza and board a southbound Yellow Line train to National.
Verizon Center. The Capitals have a game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Center, just above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station on the Red, Yellow and Green lines. All three will continue to serve the station this weekend. Fans who might normally take the Blue Line to Metro Center and walk to Verizon Center won’t be able to do that. If they start from Springfield, they’ll be taking the Yellow Rush Plus to National Airport, then switching to a regular Yellow Line train to Gallery Place.
That’s the SafeTrack part of the weekend. But Metro has other projects that will affect service.
Red Line. Trains will share a track between NoMa-Gallaudet and Rhode Island Avenue through noon Saturday, and between Medical Center and Grosvenor through the weekend while crews work on various track projects. The trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes until noon Saturday and then every 15 minutes through the rest of the weekend.
Silver Line. Trains will share a track between Addison Road and Largo while crews install communication cables. The trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes.
Yellow Line. Trains will share a track between Pentagon City and L’Enfant Plaza while crews work on the station ceiling tiles. The regular Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only.
Orange and Green lines. Regular weekend service.
If you’re going to spend the weekend plotting your Monday morning commute, here are some things to keep in mind about Metro service during SafeTrack.
Yellow Line. Trains are scheduled to operate every eight minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square at rush hours. At midday and late evening, trains will operate every 12 minutes.
Yellow Rush Plus. Trains are scheduled to operate every eight minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt at rush hours. At midday and late evening, trains will operate every 12 minutes.
Green Line. Trains are scheduled to operate every eight minutes between Branch Avenue and Greenbelt at rush hours.
Blue Line. There is no Blue Line. Riders who might normally board a Blue Line train between Largo and Benning Road should board the Silver Line trains. Riders at Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street should board the Yellow Line Rush Plus trains.