Metrorail maintenance on Presidents' Day weekend to close Rosslyn, Arlington stations
The MLK weekend maintenance that closed Grosvenor Station on the Red Line was nothing compared to the Presidents' Day weekend track work plan. Metro provided more details on the service disruptions that will result from the holiday weekend work.
From 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, through the midnight closing of Metrorail on Monday, Feb. 15, Rosslyn Station on the Blue and Orange lines and Arlington Cemetery Station on the Blue Line will be closed for a major track rehabilitation project.
Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5 a.m.
The transit authority will install two new rail switches at Rosslyn and replace several hundred feet of rail, 300 track fasteners and 300 anchor bolts. Also, workers will repair 30 water leaks, replace 550 tunnel lights, clean third rail insulators and cover boards and upgrade track circuits.
Metro's Emergency Management office will conduct an emergency drill inside the closed Rosslyn Station in conjunction with Arlington County and the District of Columbia.
This pattern of clustering lots of work over holiday weekends will be typical for 2010. Metro sees it as a way of addressing rider complaints about all the work that gets stretched out across weekends and late nights.
Affect on riders
The Orange Line will be split in two sections, the first between the Vienna and Court House stations, and the second between Foggy Bottom and New Carrollton. The Blue Line will be split in two sections, the first between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon, and the second between Foggy Bottom and Largo Town Center.
Metro will operate free shuttle buses between Court House, Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom and between Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom.
Tips for riders
-- Closing a major Metrorail junction is going to add at least 40 minutes to a normal trip. Remember that if you've got tickets to an event at Verizon Center that weekend.
-- While the shuttle bus service is free, it's really not an adequate substitute for through trains. Riders to the east in Virginia should consider using the Yellow Line to get into downtown Washington during the holiday weekend.
-- Watch for e-Alerts from Metro, signs in stations, notices on station kiosks and loudspeaker announcements about the work.
-- Trip Planner, a Metro Web site feature that is normally very helpful in planning transit trips, won't take into account the delays caused by this work.
January 20, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
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