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Major Red Line Track Work Set for Rest of 2012

The bulk of the work will come in late-July.

There was a brief respite during the Cherry Blossom Festival, but come April 16, track work will once again plague Metro riders.

The bulk of the work will come over five consecutive weekends from late July to mid-August. Free shuttle service between stations will be available, but commute times will be longer.

Customers should take special note of the following scheduled outages:

  • Buses will replace trains on portions of the Red Line over eight weekends this summer, including five consecutive weekends from late July to mid-August. The Red Line is Metro’s oldest, and is the first to undergo major reconstruction.
  • Over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, Metro will perform its annual inspection of the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac River, along with other track work in the area. As a result, buses will replace Yellow Line trains between Pentagon and Archives, and between Waterfront and Archives on the Green Line.
  • During the weekend of Sept. 7-9, the Red Line will be shut down between Dupont Circle and New York Avenue (NoMa-Gallaudet). Metro Center will remain open for Orange and Blue line service, and Gallery Place will remain open for Green and Yellow line service.
  • Buses will replace trains on the eastern leg of the Blue Line, from Stadium-Armory to Largo, during the weekend of Oct. 5-8. On the Orange Line, buses will shuttle customers between Stadium-Armory and Minnesota Avenue stations.

The major track work calendar is posted on the WMATA site. Residents can also sign up for alerts.

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