Metro Outlines Track Work Plan
The transit authority has unveiled its guide for rail travel during the four weekends of track work needed to replace the switch at Mount Vernon Square.
With plans this detailed, you could invade a small nation. I'll give you the link here, and just deal with a few highlights.
Switch replacements and the resulting lengthy delays on train lines are unfortunate but not new. The new thing with this particular project is that it's on the main route to the new baseball stadium, so it's unclear what the impact will be -- though it can't be good.
Here's what Metro plans to do on May 10-11 and June 7-8 (the Saturdays and Sundays) to ease congestion and waiting times:
Getting to Games
-- Shuttle trains will operate between L'Enfant Plaza (transfer point to the Blue and Orange lines) and Navy Yard. But they won't go north to Gallery Place, a Red Line transfer point.
-- So Red Line riders from Shady Grove should transfer at the Metro Center to a Blue or Orange Line train to L'Enfant Plaza, then board a regular Green Line train toward Branch Avenue or the shuttle train to Navy Yard.
-- Red Line riders from Glenmont could get off at Union Station and rider the N22 shuttle bus to Navy Yard Station, leaving them at New Jersey Avenue and M Street SE, a short walk from the stadium.
-- Blue and Orange Line riders from New Carrollton and Largo could get off at Eastern Market, another N22 bus stop.
-- The shuttle trains will continue operating between Navy Yard and
-- After the seventh inning, free shuttle buses will operate every five minutes between Navy Yard and Federal Center SW. The shuttles will leave from the New Jersey Avenue and M Street SE stop.
-- The N22 will be free and operate every five minutes after the seventh inning to take people back to Eastern Market and Union Station.
Another option: Drive to RFK Stadium's Lot 8, park for free, and take the free Nationals Express, which drops its passengers at 300 M St. SE, about five blocks from Nationals Park. It will be there after the games, too.
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