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The Weekend and Beyond

The disruptions on Metrorail this weekend are quite significant, but notice also that we've got a major change in the Tysons traffic pattern coming up.

Weekend Metrorail Delays
The track circuit repairs will cause severe disruptions on the Red Line this weekend, and there also will be major delays for track maintenance on the Orange Line.

Red Line: There will be no train service between Takoma and Brookland from 10 o'clock Friday through the system's close at midnight Sunday. Free shuttle buses will connect the Brookland, Fort Totten and Takoma stations. That will be a slow ride along back streets. One option is to take the Green Line to Fort Totten and pick up the shuttle bus north or south from there. (Green Line service at Fort Totten is not affected. It's only the Red Line.)

With the Red Line broken up into two sections this weekend, expect service to be slow throughout the line, not just in the zone where the disruption occurs.

Orange Line: Metro recommends that travelers between Vienna and West Falls Church add a half hour to their usual trip times, because trains will be sharing a single track from 8 p.m. Friday through the system's midnight close Sunday.

On Saturday and Sunday, every other Orange Line train toward Vienna will end its run at West Falls Church and head back toward New Carrollton.

Mystics at Verizon
The Washington Mystics play at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Verizon Center, which usually means extra traffic around Chinatown streets and extra passengers at Gallery Place Metro station, just below the center, where the Red, Green and Yellow lines stop.

Tysons Ramp Closing
Drivers will see a major change this week at the Capital Beltway junction with Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) in Tysons Corner. Exit 46B from the outer loop to Route 123 northbound toward McLean is scheduled to close Sunday (Aug. 16) for 45 days as part of the HOT lanes construction project. Workers are building bridge piers for an artery that will provide HOT lane access from Westpark Drive onto the Beltway. The closed ramp also will be reconfigured.

The detour during the ramp closing is a little tricky. Outer loop drivers will exit before their usual exit. They'll get off at exit 45B, for the Dulles Access Road, and stay left as though they were going to Interstate 66 east. Then, as they enter the Dulles Access Road, they'll stay right, because they will quickly take either exit 19B to Route 123 north toward McLean or exit 19A to go south toward Tysons. Drivers already on the Dulles Access Road who normally would get onto the outer loop to reach Route 123 northbound should instead continue east on the access road so they can use either exit 19A or 19B to Route 123. (There will be signs.)

New Fairfax Bus Routes
The Fairfax Connector bus system has made some modifications to its new routes on the western side of the county. The changes, which take effect Monday, will add trips, change start points and adjust schedules to help riders connect with Metrorail departures at the Vienna Metro station.

These are the added trips: On Route 630, eastbound at 9:15 a.m. and westbound at 9:10 p.m.; on Route 640, eastbound at 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and westbound at 8:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; on Route 644, eastbound at 5:50 a.m.; on Route 650, eastbound at 9:23 a.m., 10:11 a.m. and 9:15 p.m., and westbound at 8:38 a.m., 9:26 a.m., 8:33 p.m. and 9:33 p.m.

On Route 652 eastbound, the first three morning trips will start at Lee Jackson Memorial Highway and Centreville Road, and the new start times are 5:15 a.m., 5:49 a.m. and 6:25 a.m. On Route 644, new start times are 9:35 a.m. eastbound and 7:53 p.m. westbound.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 16, 2009; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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Depending on traffic conditions (the Dulles Connector Road can be badly jammed, because it feeds into I-66), it might be faster to stay on the Beltway southbound, "ride the ramps" at Route 7 to turn around, and take the northbound exit to 123 north.

Posted by: thetan | August 14, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I was on a red line train tonight coming from downtown going to Takoma. I knew the train was supposed to shut down service at Fort Totten and Takoma at 10 PM (as was stated on the radio, news and on signs at every metro station). My train arrived at Brookland CUA at 9:45 and went out of service (15 minutes early). The signs for the shuttle bus pointed in the wrong direction. No metro employees were showing riders where to go. There was only one bus there and it was not ready to go. I understand that metro needs to do track maintenance to make sure no more accidents occur, but out of courtesy to their riders, why can't they follow their own timelines?

Posted by: metrorider2 | August 14, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

It' bad enough to have delays again on the Red Line this weekend, but it's made worse by the fact that there's no Next Train information for the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove. Nothing Saturday, and still nothing this Sunday. It's back to the Dark Ages with Metro lately. Arggh!

Posted by: CafeBeouf | August 16, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree with metrorider2 - why can't Metro follow their own timelines? I was coming back from Silver Spring (took the Z8, which had to detour onto the Beltway, because Colesville Rd. was CLOSED over the Beltway). Got to Silver Spring Metro at 9:30, a 'special' train came, dropped us off at Takoma, then went out of service. None of the metro employees at Takoma knew ANYTHING about the busses -save for one employee who pointed out to the kiss & ride area. No signs, NOTHING. Finally the bus came; everyone stampeded on. It was almost like a zoo -and Metro was useless with communication.

Posted by: bjturley67 | August 17, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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