Metro News Release

For immediate release: August 31, 2010

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Metro sets September weeknight track maintenance schedule
Customers should add 20 to 30 minutes for weeknight travel while Metro works to maintain a state of good repair on the rails

On most weeknights and some weekdays in September, Metro employees will replace rail, weld new rail on the tracks, repair concrete slabs underneath the rails, repair station platforms and make preliminary repairs to a rail switch in an effort to maintain the rail system in a state of good repair and help provide reliable service. Customers should add 20 to 30 minutes of additional travel time to their schedules Sunday to Thursday nights between 10 p.m. and closing (midnight) on all rail lines and some weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 Shady Grove and Twinbrook Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time to allow Metro personnel to make necessary repairs to the Rockville Metrorail station’s deteriorated platform to return it to a state of good repair. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. through closing (midnight) from Sept. 1 to 2; Sept. 7 to 9; Sept. 13 to 16; Sept. 20 to 23; and Sept. 26 to 30.

This portion of vital work on the Red Line between the Shady Grove and Twinbrook Metrorail stations is part of the Red Line rehabilitation project, which is extending the lifecycle of the track and related systems by rebuilding those areas.

Eastern end of Red Line Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the New York Avenue-Florida Avenue-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time to allow personnel to make station improvements to maintain reliable service through that area of the tracks. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. through closing (midnight) from Sept. 1 to 2; Sept. 7 to 9; Sept. 13 to 16; Sept. 20 to 23; and Sept. 26 to 30.

This portion of vital work on the Red Line between the New York Avenue-Florida Avenue-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail stations is part of the Red Line rehabilitation project, which is extending the lifecycle of the track and related systems by rebuilding those areas.

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 the systems that support the concrete slabs underneath the rails to help maintain reliable rail service. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. through closing (midnight) from Sept. 1 to 2; Sept. 7 to 9; Sept. 12 to 16; Sept. 19 to 23; and Sept. 26 to 30.

Orange Line Daytime Track Maintenance Monday through Thursdays

Metrorail customers traveling between the West Falls Church-VT/UVA and East Falls Church Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will install new cross ties on the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Sept. 27 to 30.

Orange Line Track Maintenance Monday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Ballston-MU and East Falls Church Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time because Metro will install new rail on the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. through closing (midnight) from Sept. 27 to 30.

Blue and Yellow Line Track Maintenance Monday and Tuesday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Pentagon City and Braddock Road Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time because Metro will weld new rail on the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. to closing (midnight) on Sept. 13 and 14; and Sept. 27 and 28.

Green and Yellow Track Maintenance Monday and Tuesday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center and U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will weld new rail on the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. through closing (midnight) on Sept. 20 and 21.

Green and Yellow Track Maintenance Sunday through Thursday nights

Metrorail customers traveling between the Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center and U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time to allow Metro to conduct preliminary switch replacement work at the Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metrorail station. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. through closing (midnight) on Sept. 22 and 23; and Sept. 26 to 30.

Blue Line Weekday Track Maintenance Monday through Thursdays

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 install new rail on the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. from Sept. 27 to 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.

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News release issued at 1:05 pm, August 31, 2010.


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