Metro News Release

For immediate release: September 24, 2013

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Metro advises riders of upcoming major work on Red Line
Service changes for weekend of October 4-6, 2013

Red Line riders will get a well-deserved break from rebuilding work this weekend, September 27 through 29, but major track work is coming over the weekend of October 4 through 6 that will affect several downtown stations.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, October 4, through system closing Sunday, October 6, free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet stations to allow for major rebuilding work through the downtown area.  The work includes replacement and renewal of third-rail components, installation of new rail fasteners, elimination of joints between sections of rail, and structural work.

As a result, Farragut North, Judiciary Square and Union Station will be closed.  Gallery Place will remain open for Yellow and Green line service only; Metro Center will remain open for Blue and Orange line service only.

During the weekend of October 4-6, Red Line trains will operate as follows:

  • Between Shady Grove and Dupont Circle - Every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and at regular weekend intervals (every 15-20 minutes) at other times.
  • Between Glenmont and NoMa-Gallaudet - Every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and at regular weekend intervals (every 15-20 minutes) at other times.

Within the work zone, shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

  • Limited stop buses will travel between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet stations with intermediate stops at Metro Center and Gallery Place only. 
  • Local buses will travel between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet making all intermediate stops (Farragut North, Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square and Union Station).

Riders can minimize their travel time by considering these travel tips:

  • From the eastern side of the Red Line, use the Green Line between Fort Totten and downtown destinations.
  • Metrobus may be a good alternative for some riders, including those along Wisconsin Ave NW and Connecticut Ave NW.  To check, use Metro's trip planner and select the "bus only" option.
  • Riders transferring between the Blue/Orange and Green/Yellow lines should use L'Enfant Plaza.

This Red Line project was first announced on June 18, 2013.  Additional details regarding shuttle bus service and last train times will be posted on wmata.com on Monday, September 30.

 

News release issued at 10:29 am, September 24, 2013.


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