Metro News Release

For immediate release: March 31, 2009

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Metro sets its April weekend track maintenance schedule
Metro curtails track maintenance the first two weekends in April for the National Cherry Blossom Festival

In April, Metro will replace a rail switch on the Red Line, replace cross ties on the Orange Line, and conduct bridge repair work on the Blue and Orange lines to upkeep the tracks and help ensure good Metrorail service. Customers should expect travel delays during these select times.

Metro will not conduct major track maintenance in recognition of the National Cherry Blossom festival on the weekends of April 4-5, and April 11-12.

Friday, April 17, to Sunday, April 19

Red Line - Metrorail customers traveling between the Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes of travel time because of switch replacement work through the Brentwood rail yards. A switch is an intersection in the track, where trains can “switch” from one track to another, depending on their destination and route. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m., Friday, April 17, to closing (midnight) on Sunday, April 19.

Orange Line - Metrorail customers traveling between the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes of travel time because personnel will replace crossties, the track support structures. Trains will share one track between these locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday, April 18. To help expedite rail travel back to Washington, D.C., every other Orange Line train in the direction of the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station will terminate at the West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail station and return to the New Carrollton Metrorail station. 

Friday, April 24, to Sunday, April 26

Red Line - Metrorail customers traveling between the Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes of travel time because of switch replacement work through the Brentwood rail yards. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m., Friday, April 24, to closing (midnight) on Sunday, April 26.

Blue and Orange Line - Metrorail customers traveling between the Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes of travel time for their trips because personnel will conduct bridge maintenance on the aerial structure outside the Stadium-Armory Metrorail station. Trains will share one track between these locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26.

Please note, this schedule is subject to change. Metro riders should visit www.metroopensdoors.com at the end of each month to see the following month’s schedule of work. Metro will continue to post news releases each Thursday as a reminder to provide updates about any last minute track maintenance schedule changes.

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News release issued at 3:15 pm, March 31, 2009.


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