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One Weekend To Go on Red Line

Readers continue to complain about the impact of the Red Line track work at Van Ness that has gone on for three weekends and has one more to go.

The complaints weren't so much about the delays -- perhaps by now riders were taking the 30-minute delays as a given -- but rather about the information available, especially the announcements.

Here's an example.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
To add to the weekend confusion on the Red Line, the announcements on the platforms are totally incomprehensible. I hope the repairs will be over shortly because the incoming tourists will be even more lost
than usual if they continue. A stranger would have no idea what's going on. I don't myself.

I live at the UDC stop and usually use the subway on the weekend to go downtown. I have given up. Too much time gets wasted factoring in extra half hours before one can count on getting to a movie punctually.
Yoma Ullman
Washington

Others said they heard many, many announcements on topics such as not eating or drinking inside the system, and watching for unattended bags, but nothing about what was happening with the trains.

Plus, there was this reaction when I listed the L2 and the 30s Line as Metrobus alternatives around the Red Line's single-tracking area in Northwest Washington.

You have to be kidding about using the L2 on weekends as an alternative to the Red Line problems! You obviously don't ride it.

The schedule may state that the L2 runs every 20 minutes on Saturday, and every 30 min on Sunday, but it doesn't. The L-line doesn't run on schedule during the work week, let alone, the weekend! And during the work week, there's also the L4 between Dupont and Chevy Chase Circles. Even so, you could give birth half of the time, waiting.
CC Benedict
Washington

Metro's schedule calls for one more weekend of work on the Van Ness switch, starting at 9 p.m. Friday and continuing through midnight Sunday, when the system closes. What was your experience during these past three weekends?

[We'll have an online discussion about all things related to local transportation today at 1 p.m. If you'd like to submit a question or comment early, use this link.]

By Robert Thomson  |  March 10, 2008; 9:10 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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