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Metro News Release

For immediate release: September 3, 2013

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Weekend service adjustments September 6-8 to allow for rebuilding

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 6-8 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday. 

Trains on the Yellow, Green and Blue lines will operate at regular weekend intervals, except at one station, Franconia-Springfield on the Blue Line.  On the Orange Line, trains will run normally between Ballston and New Carrollton, but buses will replace trains between Vienna and Ballston.  On the Red Line, buses will replace trains between Rhode Island Ave and Judiciary Square; daytime trains will run every 10 minutes outside the work zone.

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 Red Line 10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 6 through closing Sun., Sept. 8
Buses replace trains between Rhode Island Ave & Judiciary Square

Red Line trains will operate:

  • Between Shady Grove & Judiciary Square: Every 10 minutes 9AM-9PM and at regular weekend intervals at other times.   
  • Between Glenmont & Rhode Island Ave: Every 10 minutes 9AM-9PM and at regular weekend intervals at other times.

Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Rhode Island Ave and Judiciary Square to allow for reconstruction.  Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

  • Express Buses will operate non-stop between Rhode Island Ave and Judiciary Square.  Add about 15 minutes of travel time.
  • Local Buses will operate between Rhode Island Ave and Judiciary Square, making intermediate stops at NoMa-Gallaudet and Union Station.  Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.  For example, a rider traveling between NoMa and Judiciary Square should allow 20 minutes of travel time, because the bus makes two stops.

Stations Closed: NoMa-Gallaudet, Union Station

Work Performed: Crews will replace wooden ties, renew third-rail infrastructure, rehabilitate concrete structures, and begin winter weather preparations.  

Change to Last Train Times: The last Red Line train of the night from Glenmont to Rhode Island Ave will depart 30 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections.  On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Glenmont at 2:07 a.m., and on Sunday, the last train will leave Glenmont at 11:07 p.m.

Travel Tips

  • Use Green or Yellow line service between Fort Totten and Gallery Place to avoid the work zone.
  • Metrobus service may provide an alternate travel option for some riders. To check, plan your trip using Trip Planner and select the "bus only" option.

Orange LineOrange Line 10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 6 through closing Sun., Sept. 8
Buses replace trains between Vienna & Ballston

Orange Line trains will operate:

  • Between Ballston & New Carrollton at regular weekend intervals. Regular weekend service is every 12 minutes during daytime hours, and every 15-20 minutes at other times.

Free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between Vienna and Ballston to allow for Silver Line testing and track work.  Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

  • Express Buses will operate non-stop between Vienna and Ballston.  Add about 25 minutes of travel time.
  • Local Buses will operate between Vienna and Ballston, making intermediary stops at Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church.  Please allow 15 minutes of travel time for each station stop.  For example, a rider traveling West Falls Church and Ballston should allow 30 minutes of travel time, because the bus makes two stops.

Stations Closed: Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church, East Falls Church

Work Performed: Signal system testing in preparation for the opening of the Silver Line, as well as track maintenance.

Travel Tip: Customers who drive and park at Orange Line stations may wish to consider parking in the Ballston area instead.  Parking fees may apply.


 Blue Line 10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 6 through closing Sun., Sept. 8
Regular service between Van Dorn St & Largo; Add time traveling to/from Franconia-Springfield only

Blue Line trains will operate:

  • Between Van Dorn St & Largo Town Center at regular weekend intervals (every 12 minutes during daytime hours, and every 15-20 minutes at other times).
  • At Franconia-Springfield Station only: Trains will arrive/depart every 20-24 minutes.  

Work Performed: Crews will replace wooden rail ties, renew third-rail components, and improve track conditions for a smoother ride.

Travel Tip: For normal service, customers who use Franconia-Springfield should use Van Dorn St or Huntington stations instead.  


 Yellow Line  Regular weekend service between Huntington & Fort Totten


 Green Line  Regular weekend service


For more information

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

News release issued at 9:01 am, September 3, 2013.


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