Metro News Release

For immediate release: May 3, 2010

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Metro sets May weeknight track maintenance schedule
Customers should add 20 to 30 minutes for weeknight travel, expect lengthy waits between trains

On most weeknights in May, Metro employees will replace track fasteners, upgrade track circuits, weld new rail on the tracks, make repairs to concrete slabs underneath the rails and repair surfaces 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 p.m. until closing (midnight) on all rail lines. Customers should expect lengthy waits between trains during this timeframe.

Western end of Red Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time to allow Metro personnel to remove old rail fasteners and replace them with new ones to stabilize the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m., through closing (midnight) from May 3 to 6.

Metrorail customers traveling between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Medical Center Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time to allow Metro personnel to remove old rail fasteners and replace them with new ones to stabilize the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m., through closing (midnight) from May 10 to 13 and May 17 to 20.

This portion of vital work on the Red Line between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations is in conjunction with the Red Line rehabilitation contract, which is extending the lifecycle of 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.

Eastern end of Red Line Track Maintenance Monday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood and Fort Totten Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time to allow personnel to upgrade the surface underneath the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m., through closing (midnight) from May 10 to 13; May 17 to 20; and May 24 to 27. 

To help expedite rail travel into downtown Washington, every other Red Line train traveling toward the Glenmont Metrorail station will terminate at the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail station and will return to the Shady Grove Metrorail station.

Downtown Washington Red Line Track Maintenance Monday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Farragut North and Judiciary Square Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time to allow Metro personnel to make structural repairs to the ceiling at the Farragut North Metrorail station. A structural issue with a beam was discovered last December. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m., through closing (midnight) from May 24 to 27.

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 in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 9:30 p.m., through closing (midnight) from May 16 to 20; and May 24 to 27.

Blue and Yellow Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Braddock Road and Pentagon City Metrorail stations on either the Blue or Yellow Lines should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be replacing old rail fasteners and replacing them with new ones to stabilize the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 11 p.m. through closing (midnight) from May 10 to May 13; May 16 to May 20; and May 23 to 27.

During this time frame, all Yellow Line trains will terminate at the Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metrorail station.

Blue and Orange Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Federal Center and Eastern Market Metrorail stations on the Blue and Orange Lines should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be making track circuit upgrades. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. through closing (midnight) from May 3 to 6.

Green Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Greenbelt and College Park-U of Md Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be welding rail in place in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 8 p.m. through closing (midnight) from May 17 to 20; and May 24 to 27. 

Green Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Branch Avenue and Suitland Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be replacing old fasteners with new ones in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. through closing (midnight) from May 9 to 13.

Yellow Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Pentagon City and L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be replacing old rail fasteners and replacing them with new ones to stabilize the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 11 p.m. through closing (midnight) from May 2 to 6.

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 9:26 am, May 3, 2010.


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