Metro News Release

For immediate release: November 30, 2009

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Metro's December weeknight track maintenance schedule set
Customers should add 20 to 30 minutes to weeknight travel times

Most nights in December, Metro will replace fasteners, and make repairs to concrete slabs underneath the rails. Customers should add at least 20 to 30 minutes of additional travel time to their schedules from Sunday to Thursday nights between 8 and 9:30 p.m. to closing (midnight) on the Red, Blue and Orange lines. Metro will not conduct weeknight track maintenance on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, or New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31.

Red Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time to allow Metro to replace rail fasteners that stabilize tracks. Trains will share one track between these locations from 8 p.m., through closing (midnight) from Dec. 1, to Dec. 3; Dec. 7, to Dec. 10; Dec. 14, to, Dec. 17; Dec. 20, to, Dec. 23, and Dec. 27 to Dec. 30.

This portion of work on the Red Line between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations is in conjunction with the Red Line rehabilitation contract. This work is an extension of Metro’s Track and Structures maintenance work of replacing track fasteners, track, crossties and insulators.

Blue Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Stadium-Armory and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time to allow Metro to replace concrete slabs underneath the rails. Trains will share one track between these locations from 9:30 p.m., through closing (midnight) from Dec. 1, to Dec. 3; Dec. 6, to Dec. 10; Dec. 13 to Dec. 17; Dec. 20, to Dec. 23, and Dec. 27 to Dec. 30.

Orange Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Cheverly and New Carrollton Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time to allow Metro to replace rail fasteners that stabilize tracks. Trains will share one track between these locations from 9:30 p.m., through closing (midnight) from Dec. 1, to Dec. 3; Dec. 6, to, Dec. 10; Dec. 13 to, Dec. 17; Dec. 20, to Dec. 23, and Dec. 27, to Dec. 30.

Blue and Orange Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Foggy Bottom and Clarendon (Orange Line) and Arlington Cemetery (Blue Line) Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time to allow Metro to replace rail fasteners that stabilize tracks. Trains will share one track between these locations from 9:30 p.m., through closing (midnight) from Dec. 6, to Dec. 10; Dec. 13 to Dec. 17; Dec. 20, to Dec. 23, and Dec. 27 to Dec. 30.

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.

Also see the weekend track maintenance schedule.

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Media contact for this news release: Steven Taubenkibel or Lisa Farbstein at 202-962-1051.
For all other inquiries, please call customer service at 202-637-7000.

News release issued at 1:09 pm, November 30, 2009.


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