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Reminder: Major Track Work to Snarl Metro Travel

As we reported earlier this week, riding Metro will be a challenge for users of the Orange and Blue lines this weekend. Major track work will force the closure of the Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations.

The closures will be in place starting at 10:00 tonight and continuing until the system closes on Sunday. WMATA says workers will renew rail fasteners, replace insulators and remove sludge from the tunnel beneath the Potomac River.

Orange Line trains will be split into two segments. One set of trains will run between Vienna and Court House every 20 minutes, and another between Foggy Bottom and New Carrollton at normal weekend service levels.

Blue Line trains will also operate in two segments. One set of trains will run between Franconia-Springfield and Mt. Vernon Square via the Yellow Line bridge at normal weekend service levels, and the other between Foggy Bottom and Largo Town Center at normal weekend service levels.

Shuttle buses will be provided at affected stations along both lines. Metro says riders should expect to add 20-30 minutes to regular travel time — or reconsider their use of Metrorail altogether.

“While bus shuttle service is available, customers traveling between the District and Blue/Yellow stations in Virginia may wish to consider alternate travel options,” WMATA said on its web site.

More details about the buses and the service impacts, after the jump.

Shuttle buses 

  • Orange Line: free shuttle bus service will be provided between Court House, Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom.
  • Blue Line: free shuttle bus service will be provided between Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom.

The following are the last trains tonight before work begins:

Blue Line

  • Eastbound: Depart Franconia-Springfield at 9:12 p.m., at Foggy Bottom 9:43 p.m., arrive at Largo Town Center at 10:16 p.m.
  • Westbound: Depart Largo Town Center at 9:11 p.m., at Pentagon 9:52 p.m., arrive at Franconia-Springfield at 10:15 p.m.

Orange Line

  • Eastbound departs Vienna at 9:28 p.m., at Foggy Bottom 9:53 p.m., arrive at New Carrollton at 10:25 p.m.
  • Westbound departs New Carrollton at 9:18 p.m., at Court House 9:55 p.m., arrive at Vienna at 10:15 p.m.

The following is last train information for tonight and Saturday night:

Blue Line

  • Eastbound from Franconia-Springfield will depart at 2:07 a.m. (22 minutes earlier than normal).
  • Westbound from Largo will arrive at Foggy Bottom 2:54 a.m., leave Pentagon at 3:40 a.m., and arrive at Franconia-Springfield at 4:03 a.m.

Orange Line

  • Eastbound from Vienna will depart at 2:10 a.m. (15 minutes earlier than normal).
  • Westbound from New Carrollton will arrive at Foggy Bottom 3:10 a.m., leave Court House 3:35 a.m., and arrive at Vienna at 3:55 a.m.

The following is last train information on Sunday:

Blue Line

  • Eastbound from Franconia-Springfield will depart at 11:07 p.m. (22 minutes earlier than normal).
  • Westbound from Largo will arrive at Foggy Bottom 11:54 p.m., and leave Pentagon at 12:40 a.m., arrive at Franconia-Springfield at 1:03 a.m.

Orange Line

  • Eastbound from Vienna will depart at 11:10 p.m. (15 minutes earlier than normal).
  • Westbound from New Carrollton will arrive at Foggy Bottom 12:10 a.m., leave Court House 12:35 a.m., and arrive at Vienna at 12:55 a.m.

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