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Metro Sets Weekend Work Schedule For May

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Switch fix, like this at Mount Vernon Square, can take several weekends. (Thomson)

Plan your delays now. Actually, this is a good idea that the transit authority launched a few months back. At the end of each month, it publicizes the weekend work schedule for the coming month.

On May weekends, the work will be dominated by rail switch replacements on the Red, Blue and Yellow lines. On the Orange, Metro also will replace rail and cross ties and do bridge repair work.

During Memorial Day weekend, which is May 23-25, the transit authority doesn't plan to do any major track work that will cause delays.

You can read the full monthly schedule here. But this is the program for the weekend coming up:

Blue and Yellow Line
Add at least half an hour this weekend to a normal trip between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street on the Blue Line and Huntington on the Yellow Line. This is for a switch and fastener replacement outside King Street Station, from 10 p.m., Friday to midnight Sunday. During this time, the Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Greenbelt. Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and King Street, and between Largo and the Reagan National Airport.

Red Line
Add 20 minutes to a Red Line trip between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue from 10 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday. This is phase two of a switch replacement project in the Brentwood Yard, north of Union Station. The work originally was scheduled for last weekend, but Metro let the schedule slip a week so that it could fix the drainage problem south of Takoma Station that had forced trains to slow in that area.

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By Robert Thomson  |  April 28, 2009; 1:11 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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