Metro makes 'em mad
People are going to be mad at Metro this weekend. The delays caused by track maintenance will be the longest and most extensive in months. At the same time, Washington is going to host three major sports events: Baseball at Nationals Park, soccer at RFK Stadium and playoff hockey at Verizon Center.
Those planning to ride the Orange, Blue, Red and Green lines can see details about the disruption here.
The Orange and Blue delays, starting at 10 p.m. and continuing through Sunday, will be the worst. Add at least 40 minutes to a trip through Rosslyn, where a rail switch is being replaced. Next worst will be the Red Line, between Medical Center and Friendship Heights. Add at least a half hour to a trip, also starting at 10 p.m. and continuing through Sunday. The Green Line delays are moderate. Add at least 20 minutes to a trip between College Park and Greenbelt from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The one that pushes all this over the top is the switch replacement at Rosslyn. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said this is the one that transit managers wanted to get done over Presidents' Day weekend by closing Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations. Switch replacements are among the biggest repair projects that Metro does, and they're the most disruptive.
Taubenkibel said that once the snowstorms forced postponement of the Presidents' Day work, managers felt they couldn't wait until the next three-day weekend, at Memorial Day. The switches at Rosslyn are among the oldest in the system. Also, there are a couple of other projects coming up on the Red and Orange lines that need to get done over that long weekend.
Riders who travel the western portion of the Red Line on weekends feel like they've been singled out for special attention by the maintenance crews. They're right. Workers have been spending a lot of time repairing the tunnel, tracks, rails and rail fasteners in that zone for many months now. Metro had planned to start its Red Line rehabilitation project downtown, at the oldest stations. But officials decided that the deterioration up the line had to get tackled first.
April 16, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
Categories: Advisories , Metro , Weekend Work , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail crowding
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