Metro News Release

For immediate release: November 5, 2012

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Metro weekend track work November 9-12
Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and Clarendon

The ongoing effort to rebuild and upgrade the Metrorail system to provide safer and more reliable service will continue over Veterans' Day weekend, November 9-12, on the Red, Orange and Green lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Veterans' Day, Monday, November 12.

There is no scheduled track work this weekend on the Blue or Yellow lines.

On Veterans' Day, Monday, November 12, Metrorail service will operate on a Saturday schedule.  The system will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight.  Metrobus service will operate on a "Saturday Supplemental" schedule; customers should check timetables for details. 

Red Line

Red Line trains will single track between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights to allow for rail and fastener renewal, as well as tunnel leak repairs. Throughout the weekend, trains will operate every 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont.  Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, additional trains will operate between Friendship Heights and Glenmont, resulting in service an average of every 10 minutes between those stations.  Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Orange Line

Buses will replace Orange Line trains between East Falls Church and Clarendon as Metro replaces track switches outside Ballston Station.  In addition, trains will single track between Vienna and East Falls Church to allow for testing associated with the Silver Line extension project.

As a result, two stations -- Ballston and Virginia Square -- will be closed.  Free shuttle bus service will operate between East Falls Church and Clarendon, making intermediate station stops.  

Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will operate in two segments:

  • Between Clarendon and New Carrollton at regular weekend service intervals
  • Between Vienna and East Falls Church every 24 minutes

Customers traveling through the work zone via shuttle bus service should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time. Customers traveling to/from stations west of East Falls Church should allow up to 45 minutes of additional travel time (30 minutes for shuttle bus service plus up to 15 minutes due to single tracking).  

Green Line

Green Line trains will single track between Greenbelt and College Park to allow for construction associated with a new track to test 7000-series railcars. Every other train will originate/terminate at College Park, rather than Greenbelt. Green Line trains will operate normally, at regular weekend intervals, between College Park and Branch Avenue. Customers traveling to or from Greenbelt Station only should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

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.

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 2:49 pm, November 5, 2012.


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