Metro News Release

For immediate release: June 17, 2013

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Metro rebuilding work June 21-23
Buses replace trains on portion of Red Line

Metro's multi-year rebuilding effort will continue over the weekend of June 21-23 with service adjustments on portions of the Red and Orange lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, rebuilding work will result in service adjustments for riders on the eastern portion of the Red Line, with buses replacing trains between Forest Glen and Rhode Island Ave stations. In addition, a work zone on the Orange Line will result in potentially longer trip times for those traveling to or from two stations: Landover and New Carrollton.

There is no scheduled work this weekend on the Blue, Yellow or Green lines. Trains on these lines will operate at normal weekend intervals, with Yellow Line trains operating to/from Fort Totten.  Normal weekend intervals are every 12 minutes during daytime hours and every 15-20 minutes at other times.

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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 21 through closing Sun., June 23

  • Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Rhode Island Avenue, and between Forest Glen and Glenmont every 10 minutes during daytime hours, and at regular weekend intervals (every 15-20 minutes) at other times.
  • 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. In addition, Fort Totten Station will be open for Green and Yellow service only.
  • 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.
  • Riders who normally drive and park at stations on the eastern leg of the Red Line (e.g. Glenmont, Silver Spring, Takoma) may wish to consider parking at stations on the western side of the line instead. Good options include Grosvenor, Rockville and Shady Grove.
  • 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 Line - 10 p.m. Fri., June 21 through closing Sun., June 23

  • Orange Line trains will operate at normal weekend service intervals between Vienna and Cheverly stations.
  • Due to a single-track work zone between Cheverly and New Carrollton, every other Orange Line train will run between Vienna and Cheverly only, rather than between Vienna and New Carrollton. As a result, passengers traveling to or from Landover or New Carrollton stations may experience travel times up to 15 minutes longer than normal.  Workers will be performing track upgrades, including insulator renewal and joint elimination.

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 9:09 am, June 17, 2013.

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