Another Metrorail shutdown ahead
The work site west of the Cheverly Station. (By Michael D. Bolden/The Post)
Metro reopened stations on the Orange and Blue lines Monday in time for normal commuter service to begin, but cautioned that two more shutdowns, this time in Northern Virginia, are coming on the next two weekends.
The transit authority will cut service between East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations beginning Friday at 10 p.m. through the system closing on Sunday. Rail service will also not operate between the two stations during the weekend of March 18-20. The shutdowns are part of the construction of the Metrorail extension to Loudoun County.
Metro plans to bridge the two stations, which will remain open, with free shuttle buses. Passengers should add an extra 30 minutes to their travel time.
Metro's most recent shutdown, from March 4-6, closed five stations on the eastern end of the Orange Line and cut service between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road stations on the Blue Line.
Officials said Metro continued work to stabilize the ground around a train bridge outside Cheverly Station and made repairs to the aerial structure; upgraded track circuits near Deanwood; replaced 2,000 feet of track; repaired 19 escalators and 14 elevators; and made repairs to the platform at Minnesota Avenue Station. Crews also installed 6,000 feet of cable to improve cellphone coverage.
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