Metro News Release

For immediate release: March 1, 2010

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Metro sets March weeknight track maintenance schedule
Customers should add 20 to 30 minutes to weeknight travel times

Most nights in March, Metro employees will replace track fasteners, weld new rail on the tracks and make repairs to concrete slabs underneath the rails and weld rail. 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.

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 personnel to remove old rail fasteners and replace them with new ones to stabilize the tracks. Trains will share one track between these locations from 8 p.m., through closing (midnight) from March 1 to March 4; March 7 to March 11; March 14 to March 18; and March 22 to March 25.

This portion of vital work on the Red Line between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations is in conjunction with the Red Line rehabilitation contract, which is extending the lifecycle on the track and related systems by rebuilding those areas. This specific work is an extension of Metro’s overhaul work of replacing track fasteners, track, crossties and insulators.

Red Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time to allow personnel to remove old rail fasteners and replace them with new ones to help stabilize the tracks. Trains will share one track between these locations from 8 p.m., through closing (midnight) from March 28 to March 31.

This portion of vital work on the Red Line between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations is in conjunction with the Red Line rehabilitation contract, which is extending the lifecycle on the track and related systems by rebuilding those areas. This specific work is an extension of Metro’s overhaul 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 March 1 to March 4; March 7 to March 11; March 15 to March 18; March 21 to March 25; and March 28 to March 31.

Blue Line Track Maintenance Monday and Tuesday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be welding new rail on the tracks. Trains will share one track between these locations from 8 p.m. through closing (midnight) on March 22 and March 23.

Orange Line Maintenance Monday and Tuesday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be welding new rail on the tracks. Trains will share one track between these locations from 8 p.m. through closing (midnight) on March 8 and March 9.

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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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 12:07 pm, March 1, 2010.


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