Planned Metrorail Track Work Read the SafeTrack plan

Planned Metrorail Track Work

Metro continues its accelerated effort to improve safety and reliability. In order to impact fewer customers, we sometimes use an approach to major weekend track work that involves temporarily closing individual stations or groups of stations and replacing trains with free shuttle buses. This approach allows Metro to complete rebuilding work faster and safer, while allowing trains outside of the work zones to operate with fewer delays.

During major track work, Metro employees and contractors work on multiple projects at the same time. Examples include:

  • NTSB-recommended track circuit replacements
  • Replacement of track ties
  • Switch replacement or improvements
  • Rail and fastener replacement and joint elimination for a smoother ride
  • Third-rail repairs and upgrades
  • Water and leak mitigation
  • Station platform reconstruction
  • Radio and cellular communication improvements
  • Rail facility upgrades
  • Station cleaning

While there will be delays and inconvenience associated with the critical work we're undertaking, please be assured that we will take all possible steps to minimize your inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding as we work to rebuild Metro.

NOTE: Every effort will be made to adhere to the schedule below. However, changes may be necessary due to weather, construction delays and other factors outside our control. This page will be updated as necessary.

For details about this weekend's track work, including minor projects that may impact your trip, view Metrorail advisories.

Start End Line Impact Stations Affected Work Performed
May 27 May 29 Weekend single tracking - Grosvenor to Twinbrook White Flint Rail tie renewal
May 28 May 29 Weekend single tracking - Fort Totten to Silver Spring Takoma Rail maintenance & stabilization
May 28 May 30 Weekend shutdown - East Falls Church to Vienna West Falls Church, Dunn Loring & Vienna Track circuit replacement
May 28 May 30 Weekend single tracking - U Street to Fort Totten Columbia Heights & Georgoa Avenue Radio cable installation
May 28 May 30 Weekend single tracking McPherson Square to Smithsonian Metro Center & Federal Triangle Restraining rail renewal
May 31 June 3 Midday single tracking - Van Ness to Friendship Heights Tenleytown Rail fastener renewal
May 31 June 2 Weeknight single tracking - McPherson Sq to Smithsonian Metro Center & Federal Triangle Rail fastener renewal
May 31 June 1 Midday single tracking - Federal Center SW to Eastern Market Capitol South Insulator renewal
May 31 June 2 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail maintenance & stabilization
June 2 June 2 Midday single tracking - Eastern Market to Stadium-Armory Potomac Avenue Insulator renewal
June 3 June 5 Weekend single tracking - Grosvenor to Twinbrook White Flint Rail tie renewal
June 3 June 5 Weekend single tracking - Wheaton to Glenmont Wheaton & Glenmont Switch maintenance
June 3 June 3 Midday single tracking - Morgan Blvd to Largo Town Center Morgan Blvd & Largo Town Center Insulator renewal
June 3 June 5 Weekend single tracking - Clarendon to Ballston Virginia Square Insulator renewal
June 3 June 5 Weekend single tracking - Naylor Road to Branch Avenue Suitland Switch maintenance
June 4 June 5 Weekend single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Radio cable installation
June 4 June 16 SafeTrack Surge #1 Single tracking East Falls Church to Ballston Ballston & Virginia Square Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
June 6 June 9 Weeknight single tracking - McPherson Sq to Smithsonian Metro Center & Federal Triangle Rail fastener renewal
June 6 June 9 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail maintenance & stabilization
June 10 June 12 Weekend single tracking - Grosvenor to Twinbrook White Flint Rail tie renewal
June 11 June 12 Weekend single tracking - Silver Spring to Glenmont Forest Glen & Wheaton Rail maintenance & stabilization
June 11 June 12 Weekend single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Radio cable installation
June 13 June 16 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail maintenance & stabilization
June 18 June 19 Weekend shutdown - Brookland to Silver Spring Fort Totten & Takoma Cable replacement
June 18 June 19 Weekend single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Radio cable installation
June 18 July 3 SafeTrack Surge #2 Shutdown Eastern Market to Minnesota Ave & Benning Road Potomac Avenue & Stadium-Armory Enhanced track maintenance and switch replacement
June 25 June 26 Weekend shutdown - U Street to Gallery Place Shaw-Howard & Mt. Vernon Sq Track circuit replacement
June 26 June 30 Weeknight single tracking - Grosvenor to Shady Grove White Flint, Twinbrook & Rockville Rail tie renewal
June 26 June 26 Safety Drill - Tysons Corner to Spring Hill Greensboro Safety Drill - Greensboro station closed
July 3 July 7 Weeknight single tracking - Grosvenor to Shady Grove White Flint, Twinbrook & Rockville Rail tie renewal
July 3 July 3 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail maintenance & stabilization
July 5 July 7 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail maintenance & stabilization
July 5 July 11 SafeTrack Surge #3 Shutdown National Airport to Braddock Road National Airport & Braddock Road Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
July 8 July 11 Weekend latenight single tracking - Grosvenor to Shady Grove White Flint, Twinbrook & Rockville Rail tie renewal
July 10 July 14 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail maintenance & stabilization
July 12 July 18 SafeTrack Surge #4 Shutdown Pentagon City to National Airport Crystal City Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
July 17 July 21 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail maintenance & stabilization
July 20 July 31 SafeTrack Surge #5 Single tracking East Falls Church to Ballston East Falls Church & Ballston Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
July 24 July 28 Weeknight single tracking - U Street to Georgia Avenue Columbia Heights Rail maintenance & stabilization
August 1 August 7 SafeTrack Surge #6 Single tracking Takoma to Silver Spring Takoma & Silver Spring Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
August 9 August 18 SafeTrack Surge #7 Single tracking Shady Grove to Twinbrook Rockville Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
August 20 September 5 SafeTrack Surge #8 Single tracking Franconia-Springfield to Van Dorn Street Franconia-Springfield & Van Dorn Street Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
September 9 October 20 SafeTrack Surge #9 Single tracking Vienna to West Falls Church Vienna, Dunn Loring & West Falls Church Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
October 10 November 1 SafeTrack Surge #10 Line Segment Shutdown Fort Totten to NoMa-Gallaudet Brookland & Rhode Island Avenue Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
November 3 November 11 SafeTrack Surge #11 Single tracking East Falls Church to West Falls Church East Falls Church & West Falls Church Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
November 12 December 6 SafeTrack Surge #12 Single tracking Greenbelt to College Park Greenbelt & College Park Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
December 7 December 24 SafeTrack Surge #13 Line Segment Shutdown Rosslyn to Pentagon Arlington Cemetery Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
January 2 January 13 SafeTrack Surge #14 Single tracking Braddock Road to Huntington/Van Dorn Street King Street & Eisenhower Avenue Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
January 23 February 3 SafeTrack Surge #14 Single tracking Braddock Road to Huntington/Van Dorn Street King Street & Eisenhower Avenue Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal
March 6 March 19 SafeTrack Surge #15 Single tracking East Falls Church to West Falls Church East Falls Church & West Falls Church Enhanced track maintenance, rail, tie, and fastener renewal

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