Major track work planned over three-day MLK holiday weekend
Buses replace trains on Blue/Orange lines; single tracking on Red
Over the three-day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Metro will advance major track work on the Blue and Orange lines, along with single tracking on the Red Line. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday night and continue through system closing on Monday, January 16.
On the Blue and Orange lines, Metro personnel will install new "Guarded #8" switches near Federal Center SW, an NTSB safety recommendation. On the Red Line, crews will continue to advance NTSB-recommended track circuit replacement, a critical key step toward restoring automatic train operations, as well as cable installation and station platform rehabilitation.
• Depart New Carrollton at 9:33 p.m., Eastern Market at 9:50 p.m., L'Enfant Plaza at 9:56 p.m. and arrive at Vienna at 10:30 p.m.
• Depart Vienna at 9:12 p.m., L'Enfant Plaza at 9:46 p.m., Eastern Market at 9:52 p.m. and arrive at New Carrollton at 10:09 p.m.
§ Depart Largo at 9:22 p.m., Eastern Market at 9:40 p.m., L'Enfant Plaza at 9:46 p.m. and arrive at Franconia-Springfield at 10:26 p.m.
• Depart Franconia-Springfield at 8:59 p.m., L'Enfant Plaza at 9:39 p.m., Eastern Market at 9:45 p.m. and arrive at Largo at 10:03 p.m.
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through closing Monday, Red Line trains will single track in two areas: between Dupont Circle and Van Ness-UDCto allow for NTSB-recommended track circuit replacement, as well as rail and fastener renewal, and between Takoma and Forest Glen to allow for fiber optic cable installation and platform rehabilitation. Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 24 minutes. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, additional trains will operate between Fort Totten and Farragut North. Customers should allow additional travel time.
No track work is scheduled on the Green or Yellow lines this weekend.
WEEKDAY TRACK WORK
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 8:45 am, January 9, 2012.