Major Track Work Expected To Cause Big Delays On Metro This Weekend

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Metro riders should allow for plenty of extra time this weekend as the massive rebuilding effort continues on the transit system.

A handful of stations will be closed and trains will single track on nearly every line which will create long delays for passengers.

The delays will be compounded by expected high ridership with the Washington Capitals playing a home playoff game Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center and the Washington Nationals also playing a home series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Work is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through Sunday night. It should be wrapped up in time for Monday’s rush hour.

Green Line

Four stations will be closed:

* Greenbelt
* College Park
* Prince George’s Plaza
* West Hyattsville

Free shuttle buses will replace Green Line trains between Greenbelt and Fort Totten.

Trains will operate normally between Fort Totten and Branch Avenue. 

Customers using shuttle bus service should add up to 50 minutes to their travel time according to Metro.

Yellow Line  

Yellow Line trains will operate between the Mt. Vernon Square and Huntington stations only.

Red Line

Single tracking will occur in two areas:

* Between Forest Glen and Takoma
* Between Van Ness and Dupont Circle

Trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will only operate every 24 minutes.

Customers should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time according to Metro.

In an effort to ease the ridership burden, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, additional trains will operate between Farragut North and New York Avenue only. Metro expects to be able to provide service every 12 minutes in the downtown core.

Orange Line

Trains will single track in two places:

* Between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory
* Between East Falls Church and West Falls Church

Trains will operate every 20 minutes.

Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Blue Line

Trains will single track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory.

Trains will operate every 20 minutes.

Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

The transit agency released a number of tips for those planning to attend this weekend’s sporting events.


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