Metro details Presidents' Day service plan
A big maintenance project on Metro's aging tracks evolves over more than half a year. The target is identified, the basic plan of attack is sketched out, the materiel is ordered, the time is set, the team assembled and the signals go out to all parties involved in making the project a success.
We're at that final planning stage now on the next big project. The target is the track at Rosslyn Station. The time is Presidents' Day weekend. And you're one of the parties involved in making the project a success.
If you would normally use the Blue or Orange lines to travel between Virginia and the District on a weekend, you need to be in on the plan. Metro has launched an outreach campaign so that riders will know what they can and can't do that weekend.
We'll devote the Commuter page in this Sunday's Post to the details, and I'll return to this topic on the blog. (We don't expect you to memorize this.) But here are a few basics:
- From Friday, Feb. 12, at 10 p.m. through the train system's midnight closing on Monday, Feb. 15, both the Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations will be shut down for track and tunnel work at Rosslyn. The splits both the Blue and Orange lines in two.
- The Blue Line will not operate between Pentagon and Foggy Bottom.
- The Orange Line will not operate between Court House and Foggy Bottom.
Tips for travelers
Metro will operate shuttle buses to link the closed stations. Transit officials say they'll have plenty of buses available to handle the crowd sizes that experience tells them will use the lines on the holiday weekend.
Still, it's never convenient to change from a train to a bus to a train. If you're going to go that way, give yourself at least 40 minutes beyond the usual travel time. Many riders would be better off taking the Yellow Line to cross into the District. The Yellow Line bridge will be the only Metrorail link between the District and Virginia that weekend.
Other travelers may prefer to take a bus all the way. The 38B may be particularly helpful to them. It's known as "the Orange Line with a view," because it closely parallels the inner portion of the Orange Line route. On the Saturday and Sunday of Presidents' Day weekend, the 38B will operate every 15 minutes between the Ballston Station and Farragut North.
If you party in the District late Friday or Saturday, skip that last cocktail on Presidents' Day weekend and get to the train station or bus to start your trip home. Don't wait till the last minute and risk missing a connection because travel is slower than it normally would be.
On Friday night, Feb. 12, remember that the stations close at 10. The Friday night of one of these big projects is typically the most difficult time for riders. They may go through the work zone just fine early in the evening. But then they'll confront the disruption when they try for a late-night return. It's best to work out a plan for the return trip in advance.
February 3, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories: Metro , Weekend Work , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Metrorail delays
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