Buses replace Red Line trains this weekend between Rockville and Bethesda
On Sunday, buses replace Blue Line trains at Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street
This weekend, August 5-7, buses will replace Red Line trains between Rockville and Bethesda, and four stations – Twinbrook, White Flint, Grosvenor and Medical Center – will be closed as Metro personnel install new rail, repair tunnel leaks, replace ties and fasteners, install new communications cables to enhance cell phone coverage, and conduct preventive maintenance on 23 elevators and 10 escalators. Crews also will continue platform rehabilitation work at Twinbrook and White Flint stations and make repairs to the aerial structure near Grosvenor.
In addition, on Sunday, August 7, Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations will be closed and Blue Line trains will operate to and from Huntington. Shuttle buses will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Eisenhower Avenue stations via Van Dorn Street Station.
Customers should take note of the following service impacts:
Red Line – from 10 p.m., Friday through closing on Sunday
Blue Line – Sunday, August 7
On Sunday, August 7, the Virginia Department of Transportation will perform bridge replacement work on the Telegraph Road Bridge near King Street Station. To allow for this work, buses will replace Blue Line trains at Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield stations all day Sunday.
Blue and Orange Line – from 10 p.m., Friday, through closing on Sunday
Metro is advancing a six-year, $5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is focused on safety and bringing the Metro system into a state of good repair. In FY2012, the CIP includes projects to replace escalators; retrofit track; replace critical track circuitry and equipment along the right of way; rehabilitate third-rail power systems, running rail and track pads; modernize 12 stations; replace 100 Metrobuses and the rehabilitate 100 more; renovate three bus garages; and install 30 new track turnouts.
The Trip Planner on Metro’s website will not reflect the impact of this work on schedules. For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, customers may call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780, or visit wmata.com.
News release issued at 11:32 am, August 1, 2011.