Metro News Release

For immediate release: June 9, 2013

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Metro rebuilding work June 14-16
Buses replace trains on portion of Red Line

Metro's multi-year rebuilding effort will continue over the weekend of June 14-16 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Metro is investing $5.5 billion to install new rail, ties, platforms, escalators, signals, lighting, communication systems, and more. It represents the largest capital investment -- and work effort -- since the system's original construction in the early 1970s.

Red Line - 10 p.m. Fri., June 14 through closing Sun., June 16

  • Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Rhode Island Avenue and Forest Glen to allow for ongoing platform reconstruction, tie replacement, drainage improvements, communication system upgrades and track maintenance.
  • Three stations will be closed: Brookland, Takoma and Silver Spring.  Fort Totten Station will be open for Green Line service only.
  • Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Rhode Island and between Forest Glen and Glenmont every 10 minutes during daytime hours, and at regular weekend intervals (every 15-20 minutes) at other times.
  • Shuttle buses will operate between Forest Glen and Rhode Island Avenue on two routes: Limited-stop buses will operate between Forest Glen and Rhode Island stations, with a single intermediate stop at Silver Spring. Passengers using limited-stop buses should add up to 40 minutes to their travel time. Local buses will operate between Forest Glen and Rhode Island Avenue, with intermediate stops at Silver Spring, Takoma, Fort Totten and Brookland stations. Passengers should add 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop. For example, a rider traveling from Brookland to Rhode Island Avenue should add 10 minutes for one stop. A rider traveling from Fort Totten to Forest Glen should add 30 minutes because the bus makes three stops.
  • On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the last train from Glenmont to Forest Glen will depart 53 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections.  The last train will depart Glenmont at 1:44 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 10:44 p.m. on Sunday.

Orange, Blue, Yellow & Green lines - 10 p.m. Fri., June 14 through closing Sun., June 16

Trains on all other lines (Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green) will operate every 20 minutes throughout the weekend to allow for rebuilding work in several work zones:

  • Between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road for repairs to the floating concrete slabs beneath the rails;
  • Between Cheverly and New Carrollton for rail, tie and insulator replacement and renewal; and
  • Between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza for fiber optic cable repair and rail fastener replacement.

Note: Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square this weekend. Passengers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip.

Metro passengers will experience the longer wait time on the platform; once a train departs a station, it is not expected to encounter delays en route. Riders can reduce their wait by using Metro's trip planner prior to traveling. Special schedules that reflect this weekend's work will be loaded into the trip planner by midday Friday.

To check alternate routes using Metrobus, use Metro's online trip planner and select "bus only".

For schedules, real-time train arrivals and station information, visit Metro riders can access Metro's new mobile website by entering into their smartphone browser. For assistance by phone, call Metro customer information at (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202-638-3780].


News release issued at 9:25 am, June 10, 2013.

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