Metro News Release

For immediate release: November 12, 2013

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Weekend service adjustments November 15-17 for rebuilding

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of November 15-17, with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend:

  • Blue Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals.
  • Red Line trains will operate every 8-16 minutes.
  • Orange Line trains will run every 20 minutes.
  • Buses will replace Green Line trains between Archives and Navy Yard.
  • There will be no Yellow Line service; a shuttle train will operate between Huntington and Braddock Road only (details below). 

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., Nov. 15 through closing Sun., Nov. 17
Trains every 8-16 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows:

  • Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: Every 16 minutes throughout the weekend
  • Between Farragut North & Silver Spring: Every 8-10 minutes 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Crews will improve track infrastructure, including rail joint elimination, between Dupont Circle and Van Ness.

Travel Tips

  • 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.
  • Before traveling, consult Trip Planner at wmata.com to check the special schedule and reduce your wait time. (Trip Planner is updated to reflect weekend rebuilding schedules on Fridays; please check on Friday afternoon or later.) You will experience the additional wait time on the platform. Once your train departs the station, it is not expected to encounter additional delays en route.

Orange Line Orange Line   10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15 through closing Sun., Nov. 17
Trains every 20 minutes

Orange Line trains will operate every 20 minutes throughout the weekend.

Work Performed: Station platforms reconstruction at Minnesota Ave and Deanwood stations, tie renewal, insulator renewal and structural improvements.

Travel Tip: Before traveling, consult Trip Planner at wmata.com to check the special schedule and reduce your wait time. (Trip Planner is updated to reflect weekend rebuilding schedules on Fridays; please check on Friday afternoon or later.) You will experience the additional wait time on the platform. Once your train departs the station, it is not expected to encounter additional delays en route.


Blue Line  Regular service; no scheduled work


Yellow Line  10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15 through closing Sun., Nov. 17
No trains; use Blue and Green lines instead

No Yellow Line service this weekend.  Use Blue Line as alternate for service to/from Virginia stations.

A special Shuttle Train will operate every 10 minutes between Huntington and Braddock Road stations only. Passengers traveling to/from Huntington or Eisenhower Ave stations should transfer to/from Blue Line service at Braddock Road.

Passengers traveling to Virginia from Green Line stations north of L'Enfant Plaza should transfer to the Red Line at Gallery Place or Fort Totten, ride to Metro Center, and then transfer a Blue Line train toward Franconia-Springfield.  There is no Green Line service between Archives and Navy Yard this weekend (including L'Enfant Plaza).

Work Performed: Crews will conduct the annual inspection of the Yellow Line Potomac River bridge.


  Green Line 10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15 through closing Sun., Nov. 17
Buses replace trains between Archives & Navy Yard

Green Line trains will operate as follows:

  • Between Greenbelt & Archives: Every 10 minutes throughout the weekend (except late night)
  • Between Branch Ave & Navy Yard: Every 12-15 minutes throughout the weekend (except late night)

Free shuttle buses will replace Green Line between Archives & Navy Yard stations. Buses will run between Archives and Navy Yard with intermediate stops at L'Enfant Plaza and Waterfront stations. Allow 10 minutes of travel time for each stop. For example, a rider traveling between L'Enfant Plaza and Navy Yard should allow 20 minutes because the bus makes two stops.

Stations Closed: Waterfront (L'Enfant Plaza open for Blue/Orange trains only)

Work Performed: Station repairs, track infrastructure improvements, fastener replacement, joint elimination, drain cleaning, signage installation.

Travel Tips

  • Green Line riders north of L'Enfant Plaza traveling to Blue Line stations should transfer to the Red Line at Gallery Place or Fort Totten, ride to Metro Center, and then transfer to the Blue Line.
  • Circulator service is available at Navy Yard station to Union Station (Red Line connection). More info
  • 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.

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 11:00 am, November 12, 2013.


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