Metro News Release

For immediate release: January 19, 2012

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Metro track work planner for week of January 23-27

Update 1/22/12 8:15 p.m.:  Due to delayed arrival for Federal workers, all midday track work on Monday is cancelled.

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Metro will advance rebuilding efforts during off-peak hours January 23 through 27, 2012.

Red Line
During late evening hours, trains will single track between Dupont Circle and Friendship Heights for NTSB-recommended track circuit replacement, and between Takoma and Forest Glen for fiber optic cable installation. Customers should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time. On the evenings of Monday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Jan 26, the work will begin at 8 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Wednesday, Jan. 25, the work will begin at 10 p.m. to accommodate customers traveling from Verizon Center events.

Orange Line
Monday through Thursday, beginning at 10 p.m. each night, trains will single track between Ballston and Foggy Bottom for advance work associated with an upcoming NTSB-recommended switch replacement project. Trains will also single track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory for station rehabilitation and track work. After 10 p.m., customers should allow 20-25 minutes of additional travel time. Customers traveling between DC and stations in Arlington may consider Metrobus route 38B (Farragut Square-Ballston) as an alternate. Buses make stops at Rosslyn, Court House, Clarendon and Ballston stations.

Blue Line
Monday through Thursday, beginning at 10 p.m. each night, trains will single track between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom for advance work associated with an upcoming NTSB-recommended switch replacement project. Trains will also single track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory for station rehabilitation and track work. After 10 p.m., customers should allow 20-25 minutes of additional travel time. Customers traveling to or from Virginia should consider Yellow Line service as an alternate.

Green Line
Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, trains will single track between Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza for rail and fastener renewal. Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Yellow Line
Due to Green Line track work (above), Yellow Line trains will "turn back" at Mount Vernon Square during midday hours.  As a result, Yellow Line service will operate only between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip.  After 7 p.m., Yellow Line trains will operate to Fort Totten, as usual.

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 9:24 am, January 19, 2012.


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