Metro Announces March Track Work Schedule
This is going to be a busy month for weekend track work -- and weekend delays -- on Metrorail. But the track maintenance program will take off the last weekend of March, because that's when the Cherry Blossom Festival opens and the rail system is likely to be unusually crowded on the weekend.
In the meantime, the transit authority says, these weekend activities will create travel delays: Metro will replace a rail switch on the Green and Yellow lines, as well as rail fasteners on the Red Line. It also will replace cross ties on the Orange Line and so some bridge repair work on the Blue and Orange lines.
See the weekend by weekend schedule here. Remember that Metro's Trip Planner, the heavily used online tool that helps people plan transit trips across the region, doesn't adjust for these weekend track work programs. So if you use it for weekend trips, be sure to add in the extra 20 or 30 minutes of delay caused by the single-tracking around the work zones.
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