Posted: Aug 31, 2012 Expiration: Sep 03, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Metrorail Service Information

 Work to rebuild the Metrorail system will continue over Labor Day weekend (August 31 through September 3) with scheduled track work on the Red, Orange and Blue lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Monday (Labor Day).

A previously scheduled shutdown on the Green and Yellow over Labor Day weekend has been cancelled due to Nationals home games at Navy Yard.  Green and Yellow line service will operate on a regular weekend schedule.

Red Line trains will single track between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten to allow for platform reconstruction.  Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 15 minutes in each direction. On Saturday and Sunday, between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., additional trains will operate between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations, providing service an average of every 7-8 minutes between these stations.  Red Line customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.  

Orange Line trains will single track between between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly to allow for platform reconstruction.  Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will operate every 20 minutes in each direction.  Customers should allow 10 minutes of additional time. 

Blue Line trains will single track between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom stations to allow for structural rehabilitation of the track bed and leak mitigation.  Throughout the weekend, Blue Line trains will operate every 20 minutes in each direction.  Customers should allow 10 minutes of additional time.

Metrorail System Hours of Operation

  • Friday, August 31 - 5 a.m. until 3 a.m.  
  • Saturday, September 1 - 7 a.m. until 3 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 2 - 7 a.m. until midnight
  • Monday, September 3 (Labor Day) - 7 a.m. until midnight

Metrorail and Metrobus will operate a Sunday schedule on Monday, September 3 (Labor Day).

Metro is advancing Metro Forward, a six-year, $5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is focused on safety and bringing the Metro system into a state of good repair. In FY2012, Metro Forward includes projects to replace escalators; retrofit track; replace critical track circuitry and equipment along the right of way; rehabilitate third-rail power systems, running rail and track pads; modernize 12 stations; replace 100 Metro buses and the rehabilitate 100 more; renovate three bus garages; and install 30 new track turnouts. 

The Trip Planner on Metro’s website will not reflect the impact of this work on schedules. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts ( to receive service information via email or text message.

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, customers may call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780, or visit


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