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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Metro announces Feb. track work

By Robert Thomson

The single-tracking for maintenance may be more aggressive this year, but at least Metro has made it easier to read about. The transit authority Monday released its weeknight and weekend track work plans in a new, easier to grasp format, displayed on Metro's Web site.

That's another step in the right direction on customer communications. An earlier step was to release the month-ahead schedule in the first place. While the original format was complete, it was heavy on text and a bit hard for the average rider to follow.

See the February schedule for weeknight maintenance here, and the schedule for weekend work here. These are in pdf format.

The biggest project planned for February is the switch replacement work that will close Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations on the Orange and Blue lines throughout the long President's Day weekend. Metro will provide free shuttle buses again to get riders around the disruption, but advises people to add 40 minutes to normal travel time if they're going through the work zone between Metro Center and L'Enfant Plaza.

By Robert Thomson  | January 31, 2011; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Blue Line, Metro, Orange Line  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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I agree that it is an improvement. What would be even better is if they did what so many websites are doing these days and put it in a calendar format that could get downloaded (e.g., Google calendar, iCal, Outlook, etc.). That way people would have the delay on that calendar day and could plan appropriately.

Posted by: informedtraveller | January 31, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

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