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 8/12/2014 
 Esther Bowring, Community Relations Manager   240.777.6513
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 Metro Update: Red Line maintenance over weekend; schedule now available for several weeks in advance

 

Metro workers conduct track work and other maintenace tasks including cleaning stations. Bus shuttles will sometimes be employed if one or more stations are closed.

Metro will be continuing to perform major track work over the weekends. The work typically will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday, or even the following Monday if there is a three day weekend due to a holiday.

Red Line Track Work

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of August 15-17, 2014, with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday. (Note: The Red Line service adjustment will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.)

Weekend highlights include:

Buses will replace Red Line trains between Fort Totten and Forest Glen. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes: Limited stop buses will operate between Fort Totten and Forest Glen making one stop at Silver Spring (add up to 25 minutes of additional travel time) and local buses will operate between Fort Totten and Forest Glen, making intermediate stops at Takoma and Silver Spring (allow 10-12 minutes of travel time for each station stop). On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the last Red Line train of the night from Glenmont to Forest Glen will depart 33 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections.

* You can see the scheduled work for several weeks in advance by visiting Metro's track maintenance webpage.

* Other lines may also be impacted by Metro's maintenace work. This same website will have information on those as well.

Metro is about halfway through a six-year $5 billion capital improvement program to improve the safety and reliability of the system. The investment to install new rail, ties, platforms, escalators, signals, lighting, communication systems, and more represents the largest capital investment -- and work effort -- since the system's original construction in the early 1970s. For more information on Metrorail or Metrobus service, see Metro's website or call 202.637.7000.

 

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