Repairs Will Slow Red Line Travel
This is a special alert for Metro's Red Line riders about delays likely to occur on weekends during the next month.
The transit authority does some form of track maintenance every weekend, which slows down travel because trains must take turns sharing a single track around the work.
This is bigger: Metro will be replacing a switch outside the Medical Center Station in Bethesda. The work required is extensive and the impact significant. So Metro decided to do it during the winter weekends, when ridership is lower, but it will take four weekends to finish.
This is the work schedule:
-- 9 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday.
-- 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, to midnight Sunday, Jan. 27. (Skipping over the MLK Day weekend.)
-- 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, to midnight Sunday, Feb. 3.
-- 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, to midnight Sunday, Feb. 10.
During those time periods, trains will share one track between the Friendship Heights and Grosvenor stations.
During the day, trains will run every nine minutes between the Friendship Heights and Glenmont stations, and every 18 minutes between Friendship Heights and Shady Grove stations. Every other Red Line train traveling in the direction of Shady Grove will terminate at Friendship Heights and head back toward Glenmont.
After 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during those four weekends, all Red Line trains will operate every 18 minutes from the ends of the line.
Metro notes that on all four weekends, there are sports events or concerts at Verizon Center, a place people like to reach by taking Metro to Gallery Place on the Red, Yellow and Green lines. If you're one of those people and you would take the Red Line, build in extra time.
This special Red Line schedule won't show up if you're using Metro's Trip Planner to make your time and fare calculations. Two checks would be more useful: If you're working with a Web-enabled handheld device, go to
http://wmata.com/mobile and select "Next Train Information." If you're on a desktop or laptop, go to www.metroopensdoors.com and click on "find a stop/station, then click on your departure station and click "next train arrival."
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