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Major Metro Disruption on Columbus Day Weekend

Heads up for people who might be using the Green and Yellow lines on the holiday weekend of Oct. 9-12: Metro plans a big track rehab project that will close Waterfront and Archives stations as well as the Green-Yellow platform at L'Enfant Plaza.

This will split the Green Line into two sections for the Columbus Day weekend and temporarily eliminate Yellow Line service within the District.

But there's a preparation period for the track project that will slow late night service on Sundays and weeknights starting this coming Sunday. Metro is advising riders to add 45 minutes to their normal travel times for those late-night trips.

The goal of the project is to replace four rail switches at L'Enfant Plaza on the Green-Yellow tracks. Switch replacement is one of the most complicated forms of track work routinely carried out by Metro. It can't be done in a series of overnight operations, because there's not enough time to set up, work, and clean up before the trains have to start running again.

Prep Work, Sept. 13 to Oct. 8
Green Line trains will share one track between Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square. Yellow Line trains will share one track between Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square. The hours are 9:30 p.m. to midnight and these are the dates:
-- Sept. 13 to Sept. 17.
-- Sept. 20 and 21.
-- Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.
-- Oct. 4 to Oct. 8.

During these times, all Yellow Line trains will operate between the Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only. If your destination is north of Mount Vernon, you will need to board a Green Line train in the direction of Greenbelt.

Columbus Day Weekend
Starting Friday, Oct. 9, at 9:30 p.m., and continuing through Monday, Oct. 12, the Waterfront and Archives stations will be closed, and there will be no service on the Green and Yellow lines at L'Enfant Plaza. Regular service will resume at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

There will be no Yellow Line service between the L'Enfant Plaza and Fort Totten. The Green Line will operate in two segments, between the Branch Avenue and Navy Yard Metrorail stations, and between Gallery Place and Greenbelt.

Metro will operate free buses between Navy Yard and Gallery Place to get riders past the track work. The details of this operation will come from Metro in early October.

If you normally ride the Yellow Line between Northern Virginia and DC, take the Blue Line on Columbus Day weekend.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, and for a few days after installation of the new switches, expect reduced speeds on Green and Yellow Line trains through L'Enfant Plaza.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 8, 2009; 2:41 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Green Line, Metrorail delays, Yellow Line  
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The Capitals have a home game on Oct. 12 (as well as one Oct. 8, which means post-game crowds dealing with the single tracking). Is metro going to put out extra shuttle buses to handle the pre- and post-game rushes?

Posted by: RedBirdie | September 8, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The Caps also have a preseason game on Sept. 21. I shudder to think of what a mess the Metro will be those nights. I'm definitely driving for these games!

Posted by: 1995hoo | September 8, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"But there's a preparation period for the track project that will slow late night service on Sundays and weeknights starting this coming Sunday. Metro is advising riders to add 45 minutes to their normal travel times for those late-night trips."

I know this is for the green/yellow line, but this makes me very worried about the upcoming 4 YEAR Red Line track work during the week. You previously reported that metro said it would be little to NO disruption as they work on the red line during the week at night. Is that still true or can we look forward to 45 minute delays for 4 years during the week on the red line?

Posted by: JG55 | September 9, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

will the shuttle from Navy Yard to Gallery Place make a stop at L'Enfant? Or is the expected that we'll shuttle to Gallery Place, Red Line to Metro Center, and then transfer to the Blue/Orange?

This would be a good weekend to do a Union Station-Navy Yard Circulator non-baseball weekend trial run.

Posted by: RedBirdie | September 9, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Red Birdie, the shuttle bridges usually stop at every station that is closed, following the route the metro would take. So from the Navy Yard it would go to the Waterfront, then to L'Enfant, then to Archives/Navy Memorial, and finally stopping at Gallery Place.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | September 9, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

And of course, Metro is still reporting delays from the Labor Day work. So expect this corridor to be fouled up through the following week, as well.

Posted by: stevis23 | September 9, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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