Metro News Release

For immediate release: March 18, 2010

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Metro announces weekend rail service changes
Weekend track maintenance on the Red and Blue lines

Track maintenance on the Red and Blue lines this weekend (March 19-21) will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 30 minutes to their trips.

Red Line Track Maintenance

Metrorail customers traveling between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations should add at least 30 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, March 19, to closing (midnight) on Sunday, March 21.

To help expedite rail travel into downtown Washington, every other Red Line train traveling toward the Shady Grove Metrorail station will terminate at the Friendship Heights Metrorail station and will 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.

Blue Line Track Maintenance

Metrorail customers traveling between the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street 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 on Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To help expedite rail travel into downtown Washington, every other Blue Line train traveling toward the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station will terminate at the Van Dorn Street Metrorail station and return to the Largo Town Center Metrorail station.

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News release issued at 8:52 am, March 18, 2010.


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