Red Line: No Trains Between Silver Spring & Fort Totten, Takoma Station Closed November 25 - December 10 for Capital Improvement Project

Advisory Effective: 11/13/17 - 12/10/17

SERVICE | TRAVEL ALTERNATIVES| MAPS & BROCHURES | BUS | RAIL | SILVER SPRING | TAKOMA | FORT TOTTEN | WEEKEND EXTENSION | PARK & RIDE | CARPOOL & VANPOOL


Beginning on Saturday, November 25 through Sunday December 10, there will be no Red Line trains operating between Silver Spring and Fort Totten, and Takoma station will be closed to undertake a major capital improvement project. The work will involve the complete replacement a mainline interlocking, a location where trains cross from one track to the other.

During this time, Red Line trains will operate in two segments: between Shady Grove and Fort Totten, and between Glenmont and Silver Spring.

On the weekend of December 2-3, the work zone will be extended to Glenmont to accommodate the installation of radio communication cables and additional preventive maintenance. Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen and Silver Spring stations will also be closed.

During the project, Metro will replace rail ties, eliminate joints, and install 800 feet of new rail along a four-mile section of track. The scope of work also includes upgrading signals, grout pad replacement and the installation of new power cables. This type of project is safest and most effectively executed when both tracks are out of service.

This project, which was announced this spring, will reduce the frequency of trains on the entire Red Line. Customers may experience some crowding and should allow additional travel time.

Highlights:

  • No Red Line trains between Silver Spring and Fort Totten November 25 - December 10. Limited free shuttle buses will be available at all times between stations.
  • Takoma Station closed. No parking available. The Park & Ride lot, Kiss & Ride and all metered parking spaces will be closed to the public.
  • Customers should allow extra travel time and expect some crowding as trains will arrive less frequently than normal.
  • On the weekend of December 2-3, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont will also be closed. Limited free shuttles will be available between stations.

2017 Red Line Capital Improvement Project


SERVICE

Weekdays:

  • Takoma Station closed. No parking available. The Park & Ride lot, Kiss & Ride and all metered spaces will be closed to the public.
  • Red Line trains will operate in two segments:
    • Glenmont - Silver Spring every 12 minutes
    • Shady Grove - Fort Totten every 10 minutes (every 5 minutes between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet U during weekday peak periods)
  • Limited free shuttle buses will be provided as an option between Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten stations for riders with no other travel alternative. Customers should allow additional travel time.
  • After 9:30 p.m. trains will operate every 15 minutes.
  • To allow for shuttle bus connections, the last trains will depart Glenmont 25 minutes earlier than normal. 10:38 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12:08 a.m. Friday & Saturday and 10:08 p.m. Sunday.

Weekends of November 25-25 and December 9-10:

  • Red Line trains will operate in two segments
    • Glenmont - Silver Spring every 12 minutes Sat/15 minutes Sun
    • Shady Grove - NoMa every 12 minutes Sat/15 minutes Sun (every 6-8 minutes between Shady Grove and NoMa)
  • After 9:30 p.m. all Red Line trains operate every 15 minutes
On the weekend of December 2-3:

  • No Red Line trains between Fort Totten and Glenmont. Limited free shuttle buses will be provided between Fort Totten, Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont.
Weekend train frequencies may change to coordinate with other planned track work on the Metrorail system. Weekend service information is posted in the Status and Alerts section.


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TRAVEL ALTERNATIVES

  • Customers who normally use Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen or Silver Spring should consider using Grosvenor, White Flint or Twinbrook.
  • If you currently park at a Red Line station between Fort Totten and Glenmont consider Park & Ride facilities at Shady Grove, White Flint or Twinbrook. ( View parking availability)
  • Customers who normally use Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen or Silver Spring on weekdays should consider using the MARC Brunswick Line from Rockville, Kensington or Silver Spring to Union Station then transfer to the Red Line to continue their trip. View the MARC Red Line closure page for important service information.
  • Customers traveling to/from downtown may also consider Metrobus routes:
    • S2, S4, S9 - 16th Street
    • 52, 53, 54 - 14th Street
    • 62, 63 - Takoma -Petworth
    • 70 - 7th Street
    • 79 - 7th Street MetroExtra

  • Limited free shuttle buses will operate between Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten at all times. On December 2-3, buses will also serve Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont.
*All customers using shuttle buses MUST TAP their SmarTrip card when exiting the station and TAP AGAIN when re-entering the Metrorail system. You will only be charged for a single trip. Customers with trips originating at a closed station need only TAP upon entering the Metrorail system.

  • Customers may wish to also consider regular-route bus service as an alternative.

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MAPS & BROCHURES

Detailed bus information sheet PDF Icon
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RAIL

MARC Train

MARC Brunswick Line- On weekdays customers may wish to consider using the MARC Brunswick Line from Rockville, Kensington or Silver Spring and then transfer to the Red Line at Union Station to continue their trip.

View the MARC Red Line closure page for important service information including fares, parking and schedule details.

The MARC Brunswick Line operates on weekdays only. No weekend train service available.


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BUS

From Silver Spring

Metrobus

S2, S4 Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station) - McPherson Sq - Metro Center - Federal Triangle
S9 16th Street Limited Line Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station) - Columbia Heights - McPherson Sq
70 Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station) - Georgia Ave-Petworth - Mt Vernon Sq - Gallery Place - Archives
79 Georgia Ave Limited Line - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station) - Georgia Ave-Petworth - Shaw-Howard U - Gallery Place - Archives

Weekend of December 2-3:

Y2, Y8 Glenmont - Wheaton - Forest Glen - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station)
Q1, Q4 Shady Grove - Rockville - Wheaton - Forest Glen - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station)
Q2 Shady Grove - Rockville - Wheaton - Forest Glen - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station) (No Sunday Service)

Ride On

Route 8 Silver Spring -Wheaton (Mon-Sat)
Route 9 Silver Spring - Wheaton
Route 12 Silver Spring - Takoma
Route 13 Silver Spring - Takoma (Weekday Peak Hours only)
Route 14 Silver Spring - Takoma (Mon - Sat)
Route 16 Silver Spring - Takoma

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From Takoma


Metrobus

52 Takoma - Columbia Heights - U Street - McPherson Sq - Metro Center - Federal Triangle - Smithsonian - L'Enfant Plaza
53 Takoma - Columbia Heights - U Street - McPherson Sq
54 Takoma - Columbia Heights - U Street - McPherson Sq - Metro Center - Federal Triangle
62 Takoma - Georgia Ave-Petworth
63 Takoma - Georgia Ave-Petworth - U St. - Metro Center - Federal Triangle
K2 Takoma -Fort Totten

Ride On

Route 12 Silver Spring - Takoma
Route 13 Silver Spring - Takoma (Weekday Peak Hours only)
Route 14 Silver Spring - Takoma (Mon - Sat)
Route 16 Silver Spring - Takoma
Route 18 Silver Spring - Takoma - Takoma Langley Crossroads Transit Center

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From Fort Totten


Metrobus

K2 Fort Totten - Takoma

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WEEKEND EXTENSION DECEMBER 2-3

From Glenmont

Metrobus

C8 White Flint - Glenmont - College Park-U of Md (No Sunday service)
Y2, Y8 Glenmont - Wheaton - Forest Glen - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station)

Ride On

Route10 Glenmont - Twinbrook
Route 49 Glenmont - Rockville

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From Wheaton

Metrobus

Q1, Q4 Shady Grove - Rockville - Wheaton - Forest Glen - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station)
Q2 Shady Grove - Rockville - Wheaton - Forest Glen - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station) ( No Sunday Service)
Q5, Q6 Shady Grove - Rockville -Wheaton
Y2, Y8 Glenmont - Wheaton - Forest Glen - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station)
C2 Greenbelt - Prince George's Plaza - Wheaton - Twinbrook
C4 Prince George's Plaza - Wheaton - Twinbrook

Ride On

Route 8 Wheaton - Forest Glen - Silver Spring (Mon-Sat)
Route 9 Wheaton - Silver Spring
Route 34 Wheaton - Bethesda - Friendship Heights
Route 38 Wheaton - White Flint
Route 48 Wheaton - Rockville

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From Forest Glen

Q1, Q4 Shady Grove - Rockville - Wheaton - Forest Glen - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station)
Y2, Y8
Glenmont - Wheaton - Forest Glen - Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center (Silver Spring Station)

Ride On

Route 8 Wheaton - Forest Glen - Silver Spring (Mon - Sat)

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PARK & RIDE

Customers who use Metro Park & Ride facilities at Glenmont, Forest Glen, Wheaton, Silver Spring and Takoma should consider alternate Park & Ride facilities at Shady Grove, Twinbrook or White Flint on the Red Line.

Takoma Station Park & Ride lot, Kiss & Ride and all metered parking spaces will be closed for the duration of the project. No public parking will be available at the station.

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CARPOOLS, VANPOOLS & OTHER RESOURCES

Commuter Connections - Provides commute options to get to work and get you home in an unexpected emergency. Among many services, it offers ridematching for carpools and administers the Guaranteed Ride Home program.

Maryland Rideshare - Program offered by MTA's Commuter Assistance Office that enables thousands of commuters to reduce their commuting costs through the use of carpooling, vanpooling and various alternative commute options.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions or need assistance planning your trip, please call Metro Customer Service at (202) 637-7000.