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Weekend Track Work Means More Delays, All Lines Open Early Saturday

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Metro says it will continue efforts to rebuild the rail system over the weekend of March 16 through March 18, 2012. The work begins at 10 p.m. Friday and continues through system closing on Sunday.

On Saturday, March 17, the Metrorail system will open one hour early — at 6 a.m. — for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Over 21,000 people are expected to participate in the race, many of whom will be flooding the metro system.

Below are all the closings and delays that you’ll need to look out for.

Red Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Shady Grove and Rockville to allow for NTSB-recommended track circuit module replacement.
  • As a result, Shady Grove Station will be closed.
  • Red Line trains will operate between Rockville and Glenmont every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and at regular weekend intervals at other times.
  • Customers using shuttle bus service should allow 15 minutes of additional travel time.
  • The last Glenmont-bound train will depart Rockville at 2:33 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 11:33 p.m. on Sunday night.

Orange Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Orange Line trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for cable installation in support of the Dulles rail project.
  • Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will depart Vienna and New Carrollton every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 10-15 minutes of additional travel time.

Blue Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Blue Line trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road to allow for repairs to the concrete slabs beneath the rails.
  • Throughout the weekend, Blue Line trains will depart Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center every 20 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 10-15 minutes of additional travel time.

Green Line

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Green Line trains will single track between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza to allow for track upgrades.
  • Throughout the weekend, Green Line trains will depart Greenbelt and Branch Avenue every 16 minutes.
  • Customers should allow 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Yellow Line

  • To coordinate schedules with single tracking on the Blue and Green lines, Yellow Line trains will operate every 16 minutes throughout the weekend between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square.
  • Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt. Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip.
  • Customers should allow 10 minutes of additional travel time.
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