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Rosslyn Metro Changes for MLK Weekend

by ARLnow.com January 4, 2011 at 11:05 am 3,192 15 Comments

Blue and Orange Line service will be split in two between Rosslyn and the District during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend due to track work. The work, which will also result in the closure of the Foggy Bottom Metro station, will start Friday night and end early Monday.

Free shuttle bus service will be available between the Rosslyn, Foggy Bottom and Farragut West stations during the closures.

See more info from Metro or the press release below.

The Rosslyn area will be impacted by the closure of Metro’s Foggy Bottom – GWU Station on MLK Weekend (January 14-18, 2011).

On the Blue and Orange Lines, there will not be service between the Rosslyn and Farragut West Metrorail stations, and the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail station will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, January 14 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, January 18.

There will be free shuttle bus service between Rosslyn and Farragut West stations with a stop at Foggy Bottom-GWU station approximately every 15 minutes before 9:30 p.m. and every 20 minutes after 9:30 p.m.

  • At Rosslyn Station, the bus stop will be on N. Moore Street near the Station entrance.
  • At Foggy Bottom-GWU Station, the bus stop will be on 23rd Street, south of G Street.
  • At Farragut West station, there will be two bus stops on Eye Street, one between 16th and 17th streets and one at 18th Street.
  • Signs will direct you to the shuttle bus stops.

If you plan to use Metrorail through the work area, please add approximately 40 minutes to your trip time.

  • Partly Cloudly

    This work was postponed from a YEAR AGO!

    Hopefully this will result in the speed restrictions (and resulting herky-jerky ride) between Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom being lifted.

    • Partly Cloudly

      Here is a link to the press release from a year ago. This work was never done:

      During the Presidents Day Holiday weekend, Metro will install two new rail switches at the Rosslyn Metrorail station. In addition to the installation of new rail switches at the Rosslyn station, Metro will replace several hundred feet of rail, 300 track fasteners, 300 anchor bolts, repair 30 water leaks, replace 550 tunnel lights for safety, clean third rail insulators and cover boards, and make track circuit upgrades at the Rosslyn Metrorail station.

    • I always wondered about the “herky jerky” ride from Rosslyn to Courthouse – seems like it takes forever between stops. Is there a speed restriction there too?

      • Partly Cloudly

        I’m not sure about that, but I do know that there is a sharp curve between those two stations (Rosslyn runs north-south while Courthouse is east-west.)

        The speed restrictions in the tunnel towards DC have been in place since the summer of 2009 — before they were in place due something (worn track?) the noise was deafening for about a 30 second segment of track (at normal speed.)

        • Lou

          I believe those restrictions have been lifted. Sometime around early December I noticed the trains were proceeding at full speed between Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom.

        • metro

          The speed restrictions between FB and Rosslyn are in place because two trains came within 10 feet of hitting each other in the tunnel in 2008. This was metro’s way of fixing the problem instead of actually fixing the track circuit. You’ll notice the trains slowing about halfway in the tunnel between the stations because they have to get radio clearance to proceed to the next part of the track circuit. Sometimes this results in stopping, but it’s mostly just resulting in reduced speed.

      • Teyo

        Didn’t a train derail between Rosslyn and Courthouse 2 summers ago?

        • Terry

          Yes, it did. I remember that.

  • NJMetsfan

    That sounds accurate. I do notice that trains go full speed now between Rosslyn and FB. However, they still slow down between Clarendon and VA Sq for some reason.

    • ClarendonKing

      Rumours have it there is no life after Clarendon, I think that must be the reason. Never been there to check it out though.

      • mehoo

        NASA plans to send a probe.

  • Radar

    So much for being able to take Metro into D.C. during those holiday weekends.

  • George

    I’m not sure what the report means by the Orange and Blue lines being “split in two” between Rosslyn and the District. Those lines are always split in two, i.e. trains are either Blue or Orange. Obviously I’m missing something.

    • Lou

      It means trains coming into Rosslyn will stop and go back to Vienna or Franconia. Likewise at Foggy Bottom. Not an easy trick since there is no crossover between Rosslyn and Court House. Which means trains leaving Court House to Rosslyn will come back on the same side of the platform just a few minutes after they leave, heading towards Vienna.

    • mehoo

      Like when you have two parallel strands of spaghetti and you cut them in half in the middle.


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