Thursday, May 20, 2010

Washington, D.C., Metrorail temporary delays May 21-23

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Customers can expect lengthy delays of up to 30 minutes May 21-23 as old track components are replaced on Washington, D.C., Metrorail's Red, Orange and Green lines, causing inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system. 



Metrorail customers traveling between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Medical Center Metrorail stations should expect lengthy delays this weekend and should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will replace aging rail fasteners with new ones to stabilize tracks in that area of the Red Line. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. May 21 to closing (midnight) on May 23.

Metrorail customers traveling between the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be conducting maintenance on a portion of elevated tracks that cross a bridge outside the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metrorail station. Trains will share one track between these locations the entire. 





 Metrorail customers traveling between the East Falls Church and Ballston-MU Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be replacing old crossties with new ties and welding new rail on the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations the entire weekend.



 

Metrorail customers traveling between the College Park-U of Md and Greenbelt Metrorail stations should add 20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be welding new rail on the tracks in that area. Trains will share one track between these locations on May 22-23, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be no train service between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail stations during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, (May 29-31), and the first two weekends in June (June 5-6 and June 12-13) to allow the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to undertake the first in a series of major construction activities that will eventually connect the new rail line to the existing Metrorail system. 

For three consecutive weekends, the Orange Line will be split in two sections, the first running from Vienna/Fairfax-GMU to West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail stations, and the second between the New Carrollton and East Falls Church Metrorail stations. The East Falls Church and West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail stations will remain open.

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