Code red for Metro this weekend
The weekend and beyond
If you're headed out of town--or having friends or relatives come in--early for a long Labor Day weekend, here are some things you should know.
The big news this weekend is the work Metro has planned on the eastern end of the Red Line for one of the biggest maintenance projects in the history of the transit system.
Starting Friday at 10 p.m., the Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will be closed until normal service resumes Tuesday at 5 a.m.
During the time the stations are closed, Metro will operate free shuttle buses to all stations between Fort Totten and Glenmont. Metro estimates that anyone traveling through the work zone should add 40 minutes to their trips. Metro's trip planner feature will not reflect the time changes caused by the track work, officials said.
Here are some of the schedule adjustments:
-- During the day, all Red Line trains will operate approximately every six minutes Saturday and about every seven to eight minutes Sunday and Monday. After 9:30 p.m. from Friday to Monday, all Red Line trains will operate approximately every 15 minutes.
-- The last Shady Grove-bound Red Line train through the work area will be scheduled to depart the Glenmont Metrorail station at 9:35 p.m., Wheaton at 9:38 p.m., Forest Glen at 9:41 p.m., Silver Spring at 9:44 p.m., Takoma at 9:47 p.m. and Fort Totten at 9:49 p.m., and to arrive at the Shady Grove Metrorail station at 10:38 p.m.
-- In order for Shady Grove-bound Red Line trains to make their final connections for the Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green lines, the last train will depart the Fort Totten Metrorail station at 2:51 a.m. Friday (early Saturday morning) and Saturday (early Sunday morning); 11:51 p.m. Sunday; and 12:51 a.m. Tuesday.
-- On Monday, the Metrorail system will close one hour later than usual to support fans attending the Virginia Tech vs. Boise State University football game at FedEx Field. The rail system will close at 1 a.m. Tuesday. The last train departing the Largo Town Center Metrorail station will be at 12:24 a.m., and the last train to leave Morgan Boulevard will depart at 12:27 a.m., after the game.
Metro is replacing track switches, installing track fasteners, crossties and new track as part of safety improvements recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Other work will include putting in new safety lights, repairing water leaks in tunnels, and laying 2,400 feet of fiber optic cables in order to upgrade cellphone access in the system.
Historic Red Line repairs (map and bus alternatives)
Chesapeake Bay Bridge
If you're hoping for a beach getaway this weekend in the waning days of summer, the best times to drive across the bridge are generally early in the morning or late at night. Here are some of the best times, according to state officials. Inclement weather due to Hurricane Earl could change this dramatically.
-- Thursday before 2 p.m.
-- Friday before noon and after 10 p.m.
-- Saturday before 7 a.m. and between 5 and 10 p.m.
-- Sunday between 7 and 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
-- Monday before 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
You can also find out just how bad things are before you go:
-- Call 1-877-229-7726 for the latest traffic conditions.
-- Check out the live Web cams from the bridge.
Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
The Nats return from the road to take on the New York Mets for a home stand that begins on Labor Day. The first game of the three-day series is Monday, with a first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and Wednesday's for 12:35 p.m. (which means that South Capitol Street traffic will really be tortuous as we head into the p.m. commute). Then Friday, the Nationals begin a three-games series with the Florida Marlins. Game times are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday, 1:05 pm. Saturday, and 1:35 p.m. Sunday.
Here's some advice on getting to and from the ballpark.
Expect heavy traffic on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and around M Street and South Capitol Street, where the park is located.
The Green Line's Navy Yard Station, closest to the park, also will be very crowded, as will the transfer stations at L'Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place. After the game, be prepared for a long line to get back into the station at Half Street.
These six Metrobus routes stop near the stadium: 70, P1, P2, V, V8 and V9. The District's red, black and silver Circulator bus stops just outside the New Jersey Avenue entrance to the Metro station and runs every 10 minutes between Union Station and Navy Yard Station.
Nationals Park has a free bike valet in Red Garage C at the corner of N and 1st streets SE. Access to the valet is on N Street just left of the entrance. The valet will accept bikes two hours before game time and will close an hour after the last inning. There also are many bike racks around the stadium.
You can also avoid much of the hassle by walking. Take the Blue or Orange Line to Capitol South Station, then walk down New Jersey Avenue. (It is downhill from the station to the stadium.)
The District is suspending suspend enforcement of parking meters, residential parking and rush-hour lane restrictions for the holiday. It also will suspend towing of abandoned vehicles.
The Dulles Rail Project canceled closures planned Interstate 66 westbound at the Dulles Connector Road in Northern Virginia this week. Future overnight closings to accommodate construction of the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport are scheduled to resume Tuesday, depending on the weather.
Work crews are building large concrete structures that will straddle the highway and support the new Silver Line, which will extend Metro 23 miles to the airport and into Loudoun County. The first phase of the new line through Tysons Corner is expected to open in 2013.
In anticipation of heavier than normal mid-day travel Friday, September 3, Camden Line Train 852 (5:51pm Wash departure) will NOT operate. Instead, an earlier train will depart Washington at 2:00pm, making all stops to Camden.
Larger train sets will operate on the mid-day Penn Line trains to accommodate more passengers, and Brunswick Line Train 871 will operate as scheduled, with extra cars.
-- Compiled by The Post's Transportation team
| September 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories: Advisories, Commuting, Construction, Highways, Maryland, Metro, Northern Virginia, Red Line, Weekend Work
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