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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Another Metrorail shutdown ahead

By Washington Post Editors

cheverly030711.jpg 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.

How is your cellphone service on Metro?

By Washington Post Editors  | March 7, 2011; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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lets see how many people say they aint hear about this one

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | March 7, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

who cares how cell service is on metro? why are they wasting time laying cable for cell service when there are so many more pressing issues to be fixed?

Also, isn't metro sending mixed signals - on the one hand, they are increasing cell service, on the other, they caution riders not to wave their electronics around lest they get stolen. Seems a bit paradoxical to me.

Posted by: whydrive | March 7, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

If you are headed to DC on the weekend, it is much faster to drive to Crystal City or Pentagon City than to Vienna or Falls Church anyway, especially if your destination is on the Yellow line.

Posted by: slar | March 7, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

You'd be surprised how big a deal people think of having cell service while on the train is. You can't stop striving to deliver the cell service just because a few jerks on the Orange and green line are stealing Iphones and Ipods.

Posted by: RobAnthony | March 8, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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