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Metrorail improvements planned for the weekend of April 15 to 17
Metrorail will conduct significant safety and reliability work on the Orange, Blue and Red lines to comply with National Transportation Safety Board recommendations during the weekend of April 15 to 17, causing some temporary service changes for customers that will mean a safer, smoother ride once the work is complete.
On the Orange Line, there will be no train service between the Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton Metrorail stations and the five stations between – Minnesota Ave, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover and New Carrollton Metrorail stations will be closed from 8 p.m., Friday, April 15, to closing on Sunday, April 17. Normal service will resume on Monday, April 18.
During the weekend, Metro will continue repairs on the aerial structure outside the Cheverly Metrorail station, resurface 17,000 feet of rail, replace 500 track fasteners and 300 rail ties, and make repairs to 19 escalators and 14 elevators to help rebuild the area back into a state of good repair.
To help riders get through the work zone, Metro will operate free shuttle buses around the station closures. Customers should build an extra 40 minutes into their travel plans if they need to pass through the work zone.
To alert customers about this work, Metro will send e-Alerts, post signs in key stations, place notices on station kiosks, advertise in local papers and make train and system announcements. Additional information will be available on Metro=s web site at metroopensdoors.com.
During the weekend, extra Metro employees will be available at the Stadium-Armory, Benning Road, Minnesota Ave, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover, New Carrollton, Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn Street and King Street Metrorail stations to help customers navigate around the weekend service changes.
April 15-17 Weekend Orange Line Metrorail Service
The Orange Line will operate only between the Vienna-Fairfax/GMU and Stadium-Armory Metrorail station. Orange Line trains will operate approximately every 15 minutes during the day, and every 20 minutes at night.
Friday, April 15 Last Orange Line Trains Between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton
Prior to the weekend closure on Friday, April 15, the last Orange Line train in the direction of the New Carrollton Metrorail station will depart Vienna-Fairfax/GMU at 6:59 p.m., Rosslyn at 7:21 p.m., Metro Center at 7:28 p.m., L’Enfant Plaza at 7:33 p.m., Stadium-Armory at 7:42 p.m., and arrive at the New Carrollton Metrorail station at 7:56 p.m. The last Orange Line train in the direction of the Vienna-Fairfax/GMU Metrorail station will depart New Carrollton at 7:42 p.m., Stadium-Armory at 7:56 p.m., L’Enfant Plaza at 8:05 p.m., Metro Center at 8:10 p.m., Rosslyn at 8:17 p.m., and arrive at the Vienna-Fairfax/GMU Metrorail station at 8:39 p.m.
Last Westbound Orange Line Train Departures from Stadium-Armory
The last westbound Orange Line train traveling in the direction of Vienna-Fairfax/GMU will depart the Stadium-Armory Metrorail station at 2:50 a.m. on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, and 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.
April 15-17 Weekend Shuttle Bus Service
From 8 p.m., Friday, April 15, to closing on Sunday, April 17, Metro will operate two free shuttle bus routes between the affected stations. The weekend’s free shuttle buses will operate to meet each train.
• Orange Line Express Shuttle: Stadium-Armory to New Carrollton. This express shuttle bus will operate between the Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton Metrorail stations with no stops in between. Customers using this express shuttle should add 30 minutes to their trips.
• Orange Line Local Shuttle: Stadium-Armory to New Carrollton. This local shuttle bus will operate between the Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton Metrorail stations and will stop at the Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover and New Carrollton Metrorail stations. Customers catching this local shuttle should add 40 minutes to their trips.
April 15 to 17 Weekend Blue Line Service
From 10 p.m., Friday, April 15 to closing on Sunday, April 17, Metro will replace rail switches at the Van Dorn Street Metrorail station. This work is to comply with a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation.
Throughout the weekend, all Blue Line trains will operate between the Largo Town Center and Huntington Metrorail stations. Blue Line trains will operate approximately every 15 minutes during the day and 20 minutes at night.
Additionally, Metro will operate a special Blue Line shuttle train between the Franconia-Springfield and King Street Metrorail stations. This shuttle train will operate approximately every 30 minutes.
In order for the Blue Line shuttle train to make its connection for the last northbound train at the King Street Metrorail station, the final Blue Line shuttle train will depart the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station at 2:26 a.m. on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, and at 11:26 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.
April 15-17 Weekend Red Line Service
From 10 p.m. Friday, April 15, to closing on Sunday, April 17, Red Line trains will share one track between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Twinbrook Metrorail stations as personnel repair the platform at the White Flint Metrorail station. Red Line trains also will share one track between the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metrorail stations as personnel make upgrades to the aerial structure.
Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains operating between the Shady Grove and Glenmont Metrorail stations will operate approximately every 16 minutes. From 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, more frequent service will be offered on the Red Line with trains operating approximately every eight minutes between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Silver Spring Metrorail stations.
Metro has a six-year, $5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is focused on safety and maintaining the Metro system in a state of good repair. In FY2012, the CIP includes projects such as replacing escalators; retrofitting track; replacing track circuitry, signs and chain markers on the right of way; rehabilitating third rail, running rail and track pads; rehabilitating 12 Metrorail stations; purchasing 150 new police radios; the replacement of 100 Metrobuses and the rehabilitation of 100 more; rehabilitating three bus garages; and installing 30 track turnouts.
The Trip Planner on Metro’s Web site will not reflect the impact of this work on its schedules. For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, customers may call (202) 637-7000 or TTY (202) 638-3780, or visit www.metroopensdoors.com.