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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

Travelers had plenty to worry about with Thursday's storms, but they should save some room for a couple of traffic and transit programs that could affect trips over the weekend and next week.

Metrorail weekend delays
Orange Line: Riders between Vienna and West Falls Church should add at least half an hour to their regular travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing on Sunday. Trains will share a track around a work zone where crews will be replacing cross-ties and welding rail.

Throughout this time, every other Orange Line train in the direction of the Vienna will terminate at West Falls Church and head back toward New Carrollton.

Yellow/Green Line: Riders between Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza should figure on an extra 20 minutes for trips between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. All Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. Workers will be trimming weeds along the tracks.

New York Avenue
The District Department of Transportation plans to create a new traffic pattern on New York Avenue NE near the 9th Street Bridge beginning Monday. The longstanding work zone will shift from the inbound curb lane to the second inbound lane. The second lane will be closed at all times during this phase of the bridge rebuilding project. The curb lane will be open only during the morning rush. Watch for the traffic signs that DDOT will post to guide drivers through the zone.

The second inbound lane should reopen by mid-September. Then the work zone will be shifted to the third inbound lane. The new bridge is scheduled to open in late January. When it's done, the old bridge will be demolished. The entire project should be done by May.

By Robert Thomson  | August 12, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, District, Driving, Green Line, Orange Line, Weekend Work, Yellow Line  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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At Foggy Bottom currently, EVERY SINGLE ESCALATOR is out of service. All of them. Platform, mezzanine, outside.

How does one station not have a single escalator working?

Metro needs a Mussolini.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 13, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Very frequently, regardless of rehab work, the red line causes headaches. So, I don't see how the weekend delays are much different. Frankly, the trains are much less crowded on weekends, so the delays are sometimes more tolerable.

Posted by: RockvilleBear | August 13, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

So, let's see, for trips north of Fort Totten, in- or outbound, I need to add 20 minutes to the normal time. The normal wait on weekends is "14" (read: 15-20) minutes. So, I should expect train separations of 30+ minutes?!? And Metro expects people to use their system under these conditions? This, after enduring a 90-100 minute trip from Navy Yard to PG Plaza last night. The train sat in Navy Yard station for 40 minutes. Ludicrous. I'm an ardent supporter of mass transit, but I don't have hours/day to devote solely to Metro.
First-world city, third-world management.

Posted by: pwlebrun | August 13, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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