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Transit Track Work This Week

I promised readers during today's Live Online that I would give an account of this week's Metro track work and resulting delays. (This was after getting several complaints about the delays caused by single-tracking this past weekend.)

By the way, Lena Sun, who covers Metro for The Post, said I should tell you that Metro's Trip Planner -- normally a very useful feature for finding train times -- doesn't take track work delays into account. During the track work periods, she says, it's best to check the "Next Train" feature on Metro's Web site, which will tell you when the next three trains are scheduled to arrive.

Here's what's up this week.

Red Line: Add up to 15 minutes to your regular travel time between the Silver Spring and Forest Glen because of track maintenance that results in single-tracking of trains between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each weekday. Riders between the Friendship Heights and Medical Center should count on up to 15 minutes extra travel time between 10 p.m. and to midnight through Thursday.

Blue Line: Between Addison Road-Seat Pleasant and Morgan Boulevard, add up to 15 minutes because of single tracking between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each weekday.

Orange Line: Between Cheverly and New Carrollton, add up to 15 minutes for travel between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each weekday.

Green Line: Between Greenbelt and Prince George's Plaza, add up to 15 minutes between 10 a.m.and 2:30 p.m. through Friday because of the single tracking. Also, because of new rail car testing between Greenbelt and College Park, add 15 minutes on those trips between 8 p.m. and midnight each day through Friday.

After today's Live Online, a reader sent in more details about weekend problems at Pentagon City Station because of the track work. Here's what the reader had to say:

For the past 2 saturdays I've had to travel between rosslyn and PC around 12:30/45 in the afternoon. On Sat 5/19 it took about 45 minutes. About 20 minutes was spent waiting for the train at Rosslyn, and the remaining 20+ minutes was spent inching along. Long delays between stations.
Last Sat 5/26 was ridiculous. The trip took about 40 minutes. Almost no wait at Rosslyn, but then the train came to a standstill between Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery, and then at the Arlington Cemetery stop. In total, perhaps 20+ minutes. The car doors were open at Arlington Cemetery for about 10 minutes, really bad on the hottest day (so far) of the year.
Then we were told to get off the train. No explanation. The train was supposed to terminate at Pentagon City.
Again, long waits for the driver to move the train. All this time we could see a blue line train (F-S bound) waiting for our original train to move. No explanation from the new driver as to what happened.
Later that day I returned to PC. Incredibly crowded. Far more than rush hour, though not as packed as the 4th of July. Someone from metro was wielding a bullhorn on the far end of the track. I know this was meant to be useful, but why oh why couldn't he be as tall as Kareem Abdul Jabbar? He blasted out our eardrums.
The PC platform, much to my shock was actually not deathly hot as it usually is on summer days. So there IS a way to cool the PC platforms, it's just that metro doesn't do it. Is AC connected in any way to jurisdiction? We notice that Foggy Bottom, a station of similar design/depth, is fairly ok during the summer due to the AC vents mounted atop platform columns. We don't see this at PC, and can't remember seeing this on any of the orange line platforms in Arlington. God knows, the whole stretch between Courthouse and Ballston, esp Ballston, could use them. I guess Rosslyn is better because it is so far underground.
I can't wait for this Saturday.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 29, 2007; 3:25 PM ET
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