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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Metro describes MLK weekend plan

By Robert Thomson

Jim Hughes, Metro's planning director, was out at Foggy Bottom Station this morning to alert riders that the transit authority has scheduled many maintenance projects for the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, Jan. 14-17. The biggest impact will be at Foggy Bottom, where the station will be completely shut.

Here's a short preview, and we'll have more on Sunday's Commuter page in The Post Metro section.

Blue and Orange lines
No service between Rosslyn and Farragut West stations. Foggy Bottom will be the only station shut down. This will be in effect from 10 p.m. Jan. 14 through the rail system's midnight closing Jan. 17.

Virginia riders headed into the District should consider using the Yellow Line to avoid the track closure, then transfer to Blue and Orange Line trains at L'Enfant Plaza. (This would work, for example, for someone coming in from Vienna on the Orange Line. Transfer to the Blue line at Rosslyn, then transfer to the Yellow Line at Pentagon.)

Metro will operate extra Yellow Line trains between the Huntington and Mount Vernon Square stations between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 17.

If the Yellow Line dodge doesn't work, you can board one of Metro's free shuttle buses. They will operate between North Moore Street at the Rosslyn Station, 23rd Street at Foggy Bottom and 17th and 18th streets at Farragut West. If you have to close the train service gap via bus, build in an extra 40 minutes to your travel time.

That Rosslyn-Farragut West disruption, cutting the lines in two, is the big one for Orange and Blue Line riders, but not the only one that weekend. Trains will be sharing one track in two areas: Orange Line trains will share a track between West Falls Church and East Falls Church. Meanwhile, trains will share one track between Van Dorn Street and Braddock Road.

Red Line
Did you Red Line riders think you would be ignored? Your trains will share a track between Friendship Heights and Van Ness, and also between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue. The single-tracking in those areas will make room for more work on several of Metro's long-term rehab efforts on the line. Add 20 minutes to your regular travel time.

On the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of MLK weekend, trains will leave about every 15 minutes from the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont. From 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day, there will be more frequent service -- about every seven to eight minutes -- between Van Ness and New York Avenue, to accommodate riders on the most crowded part of the Red Line.

The most challenging part of the project for riders, says Hughes, is remembering the Friday night part of the Blue and Orange Line disruption. On Friday nights, the transit system remains open till 3 a.m., but the disruption will start at 10 p.m. on the Friday of MLK weekend. People who made a trip earlier that evening without any disruption may want to find another way to get back home that night.

By Robert Thomson  | January 6, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
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Comments

Can't riders also utilize the Circulator? Take the Rosslyn-GT-Dupont line from Rosslyn or take the Rosslyn-GT-Dupont line to GT, just past Wisconsin, and transfer to the GT-Union Station line... That can take them to Farragut West via K Street.

Posted by: sigmagrrl | January 6, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget about this (Jan. 7-10) red and blue line delays: http://wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4788

Posted by: informedtraveller | January 6, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

What exactly is Metro doing on the Red Line between NY Ave and RI Ave stations? They have been working on this same track area for over a year. Seriously.
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Why bother with Metro on most weekends? I can drive into DC in half the time and at half the cost, even if parking is a pain.

Posted by: B-rod | January 6, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The Kennedy Center has a big weekend planned for these dates. How is one to reach the Kennedy Center if Foggy Bottom is shut down??
Shouldn't there be some shuttle service by WMATA from Rosslyn and Farragut West to Foggy Bottom??

The same is true for GW and all the businesses in the area.

Posted by: pcardio1 | January 6, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't there be some shuttle service by WMATA from Rosslyn and Farragut West to Foggy Bottom??
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Yes, and it's outlined in the post above:

"If the Yellow Line dodge doesn't work, you can board one of Metro's free shuttle buses. They will operate between North Moore Street at the Rosslyn Station, 23rd Street at Foggy Bottom and 17th and 18th streets at Farragut West. If you have to close the train service gap via bus, build in an extra 40 minutes to your travel time."

Posted by: thepostischeap | January 6, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Why start the shut down of Foggy Bottom at 10PM on Friday, just as events at the Kennedy center are ending. Wouldn't it be considerate to give people a chance to get home??

Posted by: pcardio1 | January 7, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Why start the shut down of Foggy Bottom at 10PM on Friday, just as events at the Kennedy center are ending. Wouldn't it be considerate to give people a chance to get home??

Posted by: pcardio1 | January 7, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

pcardio1,
I've wondered this for sometime. Why does Metro shut down stations at 10 PM when they're doing track work, as opposed to closing for the weekend at the usual closing time? Do they actually do work overnight?

Posted by: ianswank | January 13, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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