Metro weekend track work September 7-9
Buses replace Red Line trains between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet U
Efforts to improve and rebuild the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 7-9, 2012, including a major project on the Red Line to improve wireless communications. All work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, September 7, and continue through system closing on Sunday, September 9.
Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations to allow for installation of new fiber optic cable for improved wireless communications, as well as track maintenance and third rail upgrades.
The following stations will be affected:
Red Line trains will operate in two sections:
Free shuttle bus service will operate on two routes:
Alternate travel options
Last train information
The September 7-9 Red Line track work project was first announced in April 2012.
Trains will single track through two work zones:
Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will operate every 24 minutes. Customers should allow 15 minutes of additional travel time.
Trains will single track between Huntington and Braddock Road to allow for structural repairs, grout pad rehabilitation and drain cleaning. Throughout the weekend, Yellow Line trains will operate every 16 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt. Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip. Yellow Line customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.
While there is no scheduled track work on the Blue Line, trains will operate every 16 minutes throughout the weekend to avoid conflicts with Orange and Yellow line trains.
No scheduled track work; trains will operate at regular weekend intervals.
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 Metro buses 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 (wmata.com/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 wmata.com.
News release issued at 10:18 am, September 4, 2012.