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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.

president's day (2).jpg Two Metrorail stations will be shut. (Metro)

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.

Why
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.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
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Comments

Metro is in luck. The Capitals are off for Olympic Break that weekend, so at least they won't have to shuttle hockey fans around Rosslyn. Should take a bit of the stress off.

Posted by: RedBirdie | January 20, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Three weeks notice? Not bad, Metro. Not bad.

Posted by: pikamander007 | January 20, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I like this idea. It's better than drawing out the process over time. Painful, but neccessary. An yeah, let us know IN ADVANCE!

Posted by: xrvax | January 20, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The Caps may not be at Verizon but Disney on Ice is there that weekend with multiple shows each day. I need to go into the District that weekend and take the Orange Line. It will not be fun. I can just see parents with young children trying to get on shuttle buses with strollers because they don't regularly take Metro and did not bother to check on Metro's status.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | January 20, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

The Caps may not be at Verizon but Disney on Ice is there that weekend with multiple shows each day. I need to go into the District that weekend and take the Orange Line. It will not be fun. I can just see parents with young children trying to get on shuttle buses with strollers because they don't regularly take Metro and did not bother to check on Metro's status.

Then that is their fault. Stop complaining and suck it up.

Posted by: Axel2 | January 20, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The Caps may not be at Verizon but Disney on Ice is there that weekend with multiple shows each day. I need to go into the District that weekend and take the Orange Line. It will not be fun. I can just see parents with young children trying to get on shuttle buses with strollers because they don't regularly take Metro and did not bother to check on Metro's status.

Then that is their fault. Stop complaining and suck it up.

Posted by: Axel2 | January 20, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

NovaCath1 if you are so concerned about your trip, why not drive over to a yellow line station or the Grosvenor Station on the red line and take the train from there? Then you can avoid all those stollers...

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | January 21, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Additionally, the 38B bus is an option for getting into the city. It stops at Ballston, Clarendon, Court House, and Rosslyn and ends up at Farragut Square.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | January 21, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

People that don't normally take Metro would be even more likely to check Metro's website, I would think. They would need to figure out which station to go to, how much the fare is, where they could transfer, etc.

I think so long as they have a sign posted before the fare gates, meaning someone who comes not knowing what is going on can turn around, get back in the car, and drive to another station, then it should be okay.

Posted by: thetan | January 21, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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