Metro plans holiday weekend closings
The transit authority has announced details of its plan to cut train service between Metro Center and L'Enfant Plaza for maintenance work over the President's Day weekend. This will sever service on the Blue and Orange lines in the middle of the District and close the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations.
The track work program, which this time will involve replacement of four switches at Smithsonian, has become typical for the long holiday weekends when ridership usually is light. The most difficult times for riders are Friday nights, when they may have reached their destinations unimpeded only to find that track work started at 10 p.m., and the Monday federal holiday, when not everyone is off.
The President's Day weekend closing will start at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, and continue through midnight Monday, Feb. 21. Train service should be back to normal on Tuesday morning, Feb. 22.
As usual, Metro will operate free shuttle buses to get people around the work zone. The buses will stop at Metro Center (11th and G streets), Federal Triangle (12th Street south of Pennsylvania Avenue), Smithsonian (Independence Avenue and 12th Street), and L'Enfant Plaza (Maryland Avenue).
The buses will be in stop and go traffic, so riders who plan to use them to bridge the gap in train service should add an extra 40 minutes to their normal travel time, Metro says. The wait for the shuttles could be long on Monday, since it won't be a holiday for everyone. Dress warmly.
The Blue Line will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Metro Center, and between Largo Town Center and L'Enfant Plaza. The Orange Line will operate between Vienna and Metro Center, and between New Carrollton and L'Enfant Plaza.
The maintenance program this year is more aggressive. The Red Line also will be disrupted during President's Day weekend. Trains will share one track between the Shady Grove and Twinbrook from 10 p.m. Friday, Feb 18, to the midnight closing on Monday, Feb. 21. During that time, workers will be repairing the platform at Rockville. Riders between these stations should add 20 minutes to their normal travel times.
Also, Red Line trains will also share a track between Rhode Island Avenue and New York Avenue during the same time period.
That Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Red Line trains will leave about every 20 minutes from Shady Grove and Glenmont. From 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., more frequent service will be available between Grosvenor and New York Avenue. In that central section, trains will operate about every 10 minutes.
Look for more details on The Post's Commuter page on Sunday, Feb. 13, the weekend before the President's Day weekend.
| February 1, 2011; 4:10 PM ET
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