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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

D.C. Metrorail schedules Columbus Day Weekend track work

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On the Washington, D.C., Metro, the Waterfront-SEU and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metrorail stations will be closed and the Green and Yellow Lines also will be closed at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station from 9:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 9, through Monday, Oct. 12, with no Green or Yellow Line service at these three stations at that time. Service will resume at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. There will be no Yellow Line service in the District of Columbia or Maryland during the Columbus Day holiday weekend, with service available only between the Huntington and Pentagon Metrorail stations. 

As part of the Columbus Day Weekend track rehabilitation program, Metro will replace four rail switches at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station on the Green and Yellow lines. These four switches form a "double crossover," which is an intersection in the track where trains can switch from one track to another, depending on their destination and route. Before the rail switch can be replaced, Metro needs to conduct preliminary work on the rail switches in preparation for their removal.

In addition to the track maintenance work at L'Enfant Plaza on the Yellow and Green Lines, Metro will close the Yellow Line Bridge over the Potomac River to conduct an annual safety inspection and conduct track maintenance. This means that the Yellow Line will run only between the Huntington and Pentagon Metrorail stations.

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