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Weekend Work Slows Metro

Summer should be easier than this. I like to recommend alternatives to driving, but this week I couldn't honestly recommend any form of activity other than telecommuting.

Now, we've got Metro's plan for this weekend's service disruptions as the transit authority tests rail cars on the Green Line and and does some track work on the Blue Line. The latter has been the biggest deal to weekend riders in recent weeks. Here's what Metro says about the plan:

Blue Line: From 10 o'clock tonight to midnight Sunday, Metrol will operate six-car shuttle trains sharing one track between the Franconia-Springfield and King Street stations. Passengers traveling between these locations should add 35 minutes to their schedules.

Once a shuttle train arrives at the King Street station, passengers will need to transfer to a Blue or Yellow Line train to their final destination. All other Blue Line trains will run between the Largo Town Center and Huntington stations. Metro suggests riders coming from Virginia use the Huntington Station on the Yellow Line for service to downtown Washington.

Green Line: On Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., trains will share one track between Greenbelt and College Park. Passengers traveling along this portion of the line should add up to 10 minutes of travel time for their trip.

By the way, don't be thinking I'm picking on Metro because it does maintenance work. There's plenty of that on the highways, as well. Post Transportation Researcher Diane Mattingly presents a selection of road work warnings, accompanied by a map, on page 2 of the Sunday Metro section in The Post.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 4, 2006; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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