Weekend Work on Red, Orange Lines
This will be the last weekend of scheduled track work for 2008. The transit authority normally uses the weekends, when fewer people travel, for most of its big maintenance projects that require closing a section of track.
One of the most time-consuming types of maintenance projects is a switch replacement. This will be the second weekend for work on switch replacement at Friendship Heights
Metrorail customers traveling between Medical Center and Van Ness should allow at least an extra half hour of travel time, because the trains will take turns on a single track to get around the work zone.
The track sharing starts at 9 p.m. Friday and continued to midnight Sunday, when the system shuts down. Red Line trains to Glenmont will leave Shady Grove Station every 20 minutes. Every other train heading toward Shady Grove will terminate at Van Ness and return to Glenmont every 10 minutes on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shortened route will keep more trains in the core area of the Red Line, where most of the riders are, though it's not as good for shoppers heading for Bethesda, White Flint or Rockville.
Metro will be replacing crossties along the tracks between Vienna and West Falls Church. Riders should add 25 minutes of travel time for trips between those stations during the period of single-tracking from 8 p.m. Friday, December to midnight Sunday.
Every other train heading toward Vienna will terminate at West Falls Church and head back toward New Carrollton. Again, the idea is to increase service in the more heavily-used part of the line.
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