Plan for 24/7 Trackwork (Buses Replace Trains) for Summer 2020 on the Red Line
Red Line customers should allow additional travel time through August as Metro performs around-the-clock track work along segments of these lines, including 7-14 day closures of selected stations.
When is this happening?
Work on the Red Line will continue through August in the segments outlined below.
Metro will actively monitor ridership – which is currently extremely light – to ensure that the work does not cause unintended impacts as the region begins the initial stages of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Why is Metro doing this work, and why now?
Currently, ridership levels are extremely low (down 90-95 percent), and buses are able to run in place of trains without traffic delays. Metro is taking advantage of these conditions to schedule around-the-clock track work in selected areas to keep critical maintenance and reliability projects on schedule. By doing this, Metro is working to offset potential delays to the project schedule as a result of Covid-19 safety protocols, supply chain delays, and workforce availability challenges.
How much additional time should I allow?
Customers should allow about 20 minutes of additional travel time if traveling through one of the work areas below. Shuttle buses will operate more frequently than train service to reduce waiting; however additional time is required for transferring between bus and rail. Shuttle bus service is free, and customers should board through the rear doors of the bus.
July 19-25, 2020
Stations closed: Union Station and NoMa-Gallaudet
- Free shuttle buses replace trains between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue stations, with stops at Union Station and NoMa-Gallaudet stations.
- Consider using as an alternate when traveling between Fort Totten and Gallery Place-Chinatown.
July 26-August 1, 2020
Station closed: Takoma
Free shuttle buses replace trains between Fort Totten and Silver Spring stations, with stop at Takoma Station.
August 2-14, 2020
Stations closed: Medical Center and Bethesda
Free shuttle buses replace trains between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights stations, with stops at Medical Center and Bethesda stations.