Metro News Release

For immediate release: May 16, 2012

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Metro weekend track work May 18-20, 2012
Buses replace trains between East Falls Church & West Falls Church; Single tracking on portions of Red and Green lines as rebuilding continues

The massive effort to rebuild Metrorail will continue over the weekend of May 18-20 on the Orange, Red and Green lines.  The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

Orange Line

Buses will replace Orange Line trains betweenthe East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations for testing associated with the Silver Line Metrorail extension.  Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will operate in two segments: between Vienna and West Falls Church station every 20 minutes, and between East falls Church and New Carrollton station at regular weekend intervals.  Customers should allow about 20 minutes of additional travel time. View Advisory

Red Line

Red Line trains will single track between Takoma and Forest Glen to allow for platform reconstruction and fiber optic cable installation, and between Van Ness and Friendship Heights to allow for rail and fastener renewal and joint elimination for a smoother ride. Red Line trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will operate every 24 minutes throughout the weekend.  Customers should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time.  Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, additional trains will operate between Van Ness and New York Avenue only, providing service every 12 minutes in the downtown core. View Advisory

Green Line

Green Line trains will single track between Greenbelt and Prince George's Plaza stations to allow for tie renewal work. Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes throughout the weekend. Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip. Please allow 10-15 minutes of additional travel time. View Advisory

There is no work scheduled this weekend on the Blue or Yellow lines, except for the minor service adjustment to the Yellow Line noted above.

Metro is advancing Metro Forward, 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, Metro Forward 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. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts ( to receive service information via email or text message.

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, customers may call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780, or visit

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News release issued at 1:37 pm, May 16, 2012.

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