Monday, November 28, 2011

WMATA plans major weekend trackwork

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Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority will advance major projects to rebuild sections of the Red and Orange lines December 2 to December 4.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Dec. 4, buses will replace trains on the Red Line between Rhode Island Avenue and Glenmont stations. Six stations, Brookland, Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont, will be closed during this time, as WMARA installs new rail, fasteners, makes automatic train control upgrades at the Silver Spring stations, installs communications cables for improved cell phone service and allows for the Maryland State Highway Administration to conduct bridge inspections. Fort Totten Station will be open for Green and Yellow Line service only; the Red Line platform will be closed.

On the Orange Line, buses will replace trains between Deanwood and Cheverly stations while personnel make structural repairs to the elevated portion of the line and perform track rehabilitation. Both Cheverly and Deanwood stations will remain open.

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