Metro News Release

For immediate release: February 22, 2011

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Metro successfully completes Presidents Day Holiday Weekend track work
All Metrorail stations reopened on-time Tuesday morning

The scheduled track overhaul on the Blue and Orange Line that interrupted service between the Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail stations and closed the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian Metrorail station during the Presidents Day Holiday Weekend was completed successfully and all stations reopened on time -- at 5 a.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 22.

This past weekend, Metro replaced four track switches, which comprised the entire rail interlocking at the Smithsonian Metrorail station, which was a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation to improve rail system safety. Metro also repaired tunnel leaks, made repairs to escalators and elevators and made safety improvements on the Red Line.

The free shuttle buses were busy throughout the holiday weekend. Approximately 58,166 customers used the shuttle buses to help complete their trips during the entire holiday weekend of work.

As a reminder, during the weekend of March 4 to 6, there will be no service on the Orange Line between the Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton Metrorail stations or the Blue Line between the Stadium-Armory and Benning Road Metrorail stations as Metro repairs the rail bridge outside the Cheverly Metrorail station, makes track circuit upgrades and track repairs and improves cell phone coverage.


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News release issued at 9:22 am, February 22, 2011.


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