Metro’s ready to work on the railroad again

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Four major rail projects, projects large enough to disrupt service, are in Metro’s sites for the second half of 2018.

Three of those projects are likely to impact Virginia riders. They are:

Saturday, August 11 – Sunday, August 26 – Yellow, Blue and Silver Lines

For 16 consecutive days (including 10 commuting days) when ridership is lightest in August, Metro will address the tightest curve in the entire Metrorail system between McPherson Square and Smithsonian Stations. Working around the clock, crews will rebuild the track infrastructure, including installation of new rail, new fasteners, and repairs to the concrete pads that support the rails. Crews will work on each track for approximately one week at a time so that single-track service can be maintained. 24/7 work zone with single tracking between McPherson Square and Smithsonian.

  • Significantly reduced service on Orange, Blue and Silver lines. Service patterns will be altered (details to be announced).

Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips on the Blue, Orange or Silver lines during this time, but will remain in effect for customers on other lines. Additional details and service information will be announced in Summer 2018.

Friday, November 2 – Monday, November 5 – Yellow and Blue Lines

Over a four-day period in early November, including two commuting days, Metro will improve/upgrade several switches outside Reagan National Airport, as well as install new concrete pads beneath the rails along the aerial structure at the airport station.

  • Reagan National Airport and Crystal City stations closed.
  • Free shuttle buses replace trains between Braddock Rd and Pentagon City.
  • Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips on the Yellow and Blue lines on Friday, November 2, or Monday, November 5, but will remain in effect for customers on other lines. Additional details and service information will be announced in Summer 2018.
Monday, November 26 – Sunday, December 9 – Yellow Line 
Immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Metro will begin a continuous 14-day capital project on the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac River. The project will include structural repairs, and rail infrastructure improvements, such as grout pad reconstruction and fastener replacement along the entire bridge.
  • No Yellow Line Service between Virginia and DC; use Blue Line as alternate.
  • Yellow Line service will run between Huntington and Reagan National Airport only.
  • Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips on the Yellow and Blue lines during this time, but will remain in effect for customers on other lines. Additional details and service information will be announced in Fall 2018.

The fourth project is set for the Red Line in DC, July 21 through September 3.

  • Rhode Island Ave and Brookland stations closed.
  • No Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations; use Green Line as alternate.
  • Shuttle buses provide service between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave, and NoMa-Gallaudet stations. Red Line trains will operate in two segments: between Shady Grove & NoMa-Gallaudet and between Fort Totten & Glenmont.
  • Rush Hour Promise will remain in effect for most rail customers; however, certain Red Line trips will be excluded due to service adjustments. Additional details and service information will be announced in Spring 2018.

Some work will be temporarily halted soon

  • Metro will suspend daytime track work on Saturday, March 10, for the benefit of participants and spectators attending the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Trains will run normally on all lines throughout the morning and afternoon hours.
  • Visitors attending the National Cherry Blossom Festival will enjoy four consecutive weekends free of daytime track work from Saturday, March 24, through Sunday, April 15, when weekend ridership can nearly double. Normal weekend service will run on all lines throughout the day and evening hours. Metro may schedule some track work after 10 p.m. when ridership is extremely light.
  • On July 4, all evening track work will be suspended to accommodate visitors attending the fireworks display on the National Mall and other events throughout the region.
  • Also in July, Washington, DC, will host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. During All-Star Week, July 13-17, Metro will suspend all scheduled maintenance to accommodate fans attending the festivities.
  • Work originally scheduled for May 12-27 that would have closed the Huntington and Eisenhower stations is being rescheduled to 2019 to better coordinate with other capital work in the area.

 

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