Metro News Release

For immediate release: March 12, 2012

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Metro track work for weekend of March 16-18, 2012

Metro will continue efforts to rebuild the rail system over the weekend of March 16-18. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

On Saturday, March 17, the Metrorail system will open one hour early -- at 6 a.m. -- for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

Red Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Shady Grove and Rockville to allow for NTSB-recommended track circuit module replacement.
  • As a result, Shady Grove Station will be closed.
  • Red Line trains will operate between Rockville and Glenmont every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and at regular weekend intervals at other times.
  • Customers using shuttle bus service should allow 15 minutes of additional travel time.
  • The last Glenmont-bound train will depart Rockville at 2:33 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 11:33 p.m. on Sunday night.

Orange Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Orange Line trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for cable installation in support of the Dulles rail project.
  • Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will depart Vienna and New Carrollton every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 10-15 minutes of additional travel time.

Blue Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Blue Line trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road to allow for repairs to the concrete slabs beneath the rails.
  • Throughout the weekend, Blue Line trains will depart Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 10-15 minutes of additional travel time.

Green Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Green Line trains will single track between Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza to allow for track upgrades.
  • Throughout the weekend, Green Line trains will depart Greenbelt and Branch Avenue every 16 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Yellow Line

  • To coordinate schedules with single tracking on the Blue and Green lines, Yellow Line trains will operate every 16 minutes throughout the weekend between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square.
  • Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt. Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip.
  • Customers should allow 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive email notification of upcoming track work. Visit www.wmata.com/MetroAlerts.

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.

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News release issued at 9:14 am, March 12, 2012.


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