Metro News Release

For immediate release: December 10, 2009

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Metro announces weekend rail and bus service changes
Weekend track maintenance on the Red and Orange lines 2 Metrobus routes detoured for road construction

Track maintenance on the Red and Orange lines this weekend (Dec. 11-13) will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 20 to 30 minutes to their trips. Additionally, 2 Metrobus lines will be detoured for road construction. Customers using these Metrobus lines should add additional time for their travel.

Red Line Track Maintenance

Metrorail customers traveling between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will replace rail fasteners that stabilize tracks, and make tunnel repairs. Trains will share one track between these locations the entire weekend from 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, to closing (midnight) on Sunday, Dec. 13.

To help expedite rail travel into downtown Washington, every other Red Line train traveling in the direction of the Shady Grove Metrorail station will terminate at the Friendship Heights Metrorail station and return to the Glenmont Metrorail station.

This portion of work on the Red Line between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations is part of a larger multi-year Red Line rehabilitation project that will run through 2013.

Orange Line Track Maintenance

Metrorail customers traveling between the Cheverly and Stadium-Armory Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time because Metro will replace crossties and conduct maintenance on the aerial structure outside the Stadium-Armory Metrorail station. Trains will share one track between these locations the entire weekend from 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, to closing (midnight) on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Rerouting of Metrobus Routes C2, C8

From 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 12, Metrobus routes C2 and C8 will be rerouted due to a University of Maryland roadway re-paving project that will close Campus Drive between Regents Drive and Union Drive.

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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 9:59 am, December 10, 2009.


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