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Tracking Metro's weekend work

This weekend's repair program on the Red Line moves into the middle of D.C., creating some extra complications for travelers, including those who might be on their way to the final games at the Legg Mason tennis tournament in Rock Creek Park. The transit authority is advising riders to add at least 40 minutes to their normal travel time and is offering some Metrobus alternatives.

If you're heading for the tennis tournament, see my previous posting for some additional travel tips.

Downtown disruption
Metro plans to upgrade a rail switch outside Farragut North and install new track. That's going to require trains to share a track between Dupont Circle and Judiciary Square from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing on Sunday.

On Saturday and Sunday between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., trains will leave the ends of the Red Line at Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 10 minutes. Every other train leaving Shady Grove will terminate at Dupont Circle and head back toward Shady Grove. Every other train leaving Glenmont will terminate at Union Station and head back to Glenmont. At all other times this weekend, trains will leave Shady Grove and Glenmont about every 20 minutes.

Night owls take note: The last trains from Glenmont will leave 11 minutes earlier than usual this weekend. They will depart Glenmont at 2:26 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 11:26 p.m. Sunday.

All the Red Line trains will be eight cars long this weekend.

Extra Metrobuses
These are some bus options for riders who want to bypass the single-tracking zone between Judiciary Square and Dupont Circle. Metrobus will operate additional service on:
Route 80/North Capitol Street Line: The line originates at the Fort Totten Metrorail station and serves the Brookland, Gallery Place and Farragut North. It also passes within a block of Union Station and Metro Center. On Saturday, the 80 route will operate about every 13 minutes between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. On Sunday, the 80 route will operate about every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and every 18 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Route 42/Mount Pleasant Line: The line originates at Gallery Place and serves Metro Center, McPherson Square, Farragut North and Dupont Circle. The 42 route will operate about every 8 to 10 minutes between 7 a.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday. It will operate about every 11 to 15 minutes between 5 a.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday.

Route L2/Connecticut Avenue Line: The line stops at Farragut North and Dupont Circle, and follows Connecticut Avenue to Woodley Park, Cleveland Park and Van Ness. On Saturday, buses will operate about every 10 minutes between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and about every 15 minutes between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. Sunday. They will operate about every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, and every 18 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Circulator alternative
The D.C. Circulator's Woodley Park to McPherson Square bus route also serves Columbia Heights Station and 14th and U streets NW. The buses will operate every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. Saturday to 3:30 a.m. Sunday, and from 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday.

The Circulator's Georgetown-Union Station route runs along Massachusetts Avenue NW and K Street, stopping at Farragut North Station and within a block of McPherson Square, Farragut West and Foggy Bottom. It will operate about every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Green Line
There's also weekend track work on the Green Line, but this is not nearly as complicated and the Nationals are on the road. Still, riders between Southern Avenue and Naylor Road should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. Workers will weld new rail in that area so trains will share a single track around them.

By Robert Thomson  | August 4, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  Events, Green Line, Metro, Red Line, Weekend Work  
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Comments

If Metro is going to suggest the bus alternatives, they should honor Metrorail day and weekly passes on the applicable bus routes, as well.

Posted by: Tybsnowman | August 4, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"Metro" and "work" are the two most mutually exclusive terms on the face of the planet. How about repairing air conditioning on the Orange Line? Did it ever dawn on anyone at Metro that customers are fed up with that Dachau-authentic experience of riding in suffering conditions. At least those going to Dachau got showers at their destination. Metro passengers only wish they did.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | August 6, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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