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Metro cancels weekend track work

Anticipating the snow storm, Metro has canceled all weekend track maintenance work scheduled for the Red and Blue lines.

That's a good move for the sake of the track workers and also the riders, who probably will be delayed enough getting around on Saturday. Also, it might provide some with an extra incentive not to travel by car -- not that they should need an extra incentive, given the forecast.

Metro plans to operate trains and buses on a regular Saturday schedule. The rail system will open at 7 a.m. Saturday and closing at 3 o'clock Sunday morning.

If the snow reaches eight inches, Metro may suspend above ground rail service and serve underground stations only. Metrobus and MetroAccess services are more vulnerable to the weather. There almost certainly will be detours and delays if the current forecast holds.

Remember that the trains are all pulling to the head of the platform. That means that at many outdoor stations, the first couple of cars will stop well out beyond the canopy. Don't run. Those platform tiles can be very slippery.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 3:46 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, MetroAccess, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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What does that mean for those of us on Blue/Yellow lines? Will we only have service between Pentagon-Crystal City? No routes into DC on Metro?

Posted by: pentagoncity1 | December 18, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

What do you mean by Metro closing above ground tracks if there's more than 8 inches? Is this just when snow is falling? Do we need to wait for snow to melt to below 8 inches for Metro to resume normal service? Will this impact Metro service on Monday?

Posted by: ianswank | December 18, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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