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New phase of Red Line rehab

Metro has launched a new phase of its long-term rehabilitation project on the Red Line, and it will affect your travels on weekends and late nights over the next year.

Check Sunday's Commuter page in The Post for more details, but here's what travelers should know in making their weekend plans.

Shady Grove-Twinbrook
Riders between Shady Grove and Twinbrook should add at least half an hour to their travel time between 10 p.m. Friday and the rail system's midnight closing Sunday. Workers will be repairing the deteriorated platform at Rockville. Metro this week began a project to repair the platforms and tiles at Rockville, Shady Grove, Twinbrook and White Flint. Trains share a track to get around the work zone.

New York Avenue/Rhode Island Avenue
Riders between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time between 10 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday. Workers will be doing maintenance on part of the elevated tracks that cross a bridge outside the Rhode Island Avenue Station, and trains will be sharing a track around the work area.

Train schedule
On Saturday and Sunday, all Red Line trains will depart about every 15 minutes from Shady Grove and Glenmont. Passengers on the platforms between Grosvenor and New York Avenue should find trains arriving about every eight or nine minutes, Metro says.

Night work
Riders between Shady Grove and Twinbrook should add at least half an hour to their travel time from 10 p.m. through the midnight closing on Sundays through Thursdays in July.

Riders between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue should add 20 minutes from 10 p.m. through the midnight closing from July 19 through 22 and from July 25 through 29.

Overall plan
We've been telling you about the Red Line rehabilitation since July 2009, when the board approved the $177 million for phase 1. The basic idea is to attack things that need maintenance or improvement in segments to get the work done more efficiently and the limit the impact on riders. But Metro expanded the scope of phase 1 to include some other projects that planners said shouldn't wait.

Riders already have experienced the effects of one. That was the track work between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor that began last fall and was completed in late spring. That also required single-tracking on weekends and late nights.

In May, I did a posting called What's up with the Red Line that previewed the upcoming work, but the schedule slipped by about a month. This week, Metro workers got started on the platform repairs, marking a more visible phase of the rehabilitation.

Work on the aging core of the Red Line also begins this month. Over the next year, that will involve various projects between Dupont Circle and Rhode Island Avenue. Some highlights:
-- Judiciary Square to Rhode Island Ave.: New station manager kiosks; new station signs, similar to style at Gallery Place; rehabilitation of electrical, mechanical and Automatic Train Control systems that should help with safety and reliability.
-- Dupont Circle: New escalator at 19th Street NW entrance.
-- Judiciary Square: New suspended ceiling tiles, rehab of eight escalators.
-- Union Station: New suspended ceiling tiles, rehabilitation of two elevators and three escalators.
-- New York Avenue: Upgraded public address system.
-- Rhode Island Avenue: Upgraded public address system, new canopy skylights.

Another of the add-ons to the original plan should provide some needed relief at Foggy Bottom Station on the Orange and Blue lines: The escalators are going to be replaced.

By Robert Thomson  | July 8, 2010; 1:26 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Red Line  
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Last I heard the plans for Foggy Bottom included a staircase too so you'd have three escalators and one staircase. It's also supposed to get a canopy I believe. All this should make the situation at Foggy Bottom much much better (but we all know how Metro is).

Posted by: Razor04 | July 8, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Any word on when the down escalator to the platform at Bethesda will be fixed? Its going on 3 months now.

Posted by: jtheisman | July 8, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

that Bethesda escalator is a big bottleneck, at a buisy station!

Posted by: Hattrik | July 8, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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