Reminder: Major Track Work to Snarl Metro Travel

by Katie Pyzyk February 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm 3,764 25 Comments

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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  • novasteve

    I will definetely be on the Metro free diet this weekend.

  • Rt50

    We have enough of these disruptions to form a statistical base. I would like to see the stats on late night weekend street crime in the R-B corridor when we are blocked off from the DC part of the Orange line.

  • novasteve

    If you look at today’s Wapo, it says that you can expect problems like this on the red line for at least 2 more years. I guess we are relatively lucky here in Arlington.

  • nunya

    the crossfit wods for this weekend are to walk or run between rosslyn and foggy bottom. then spider or bear crawl back.

    • yup

      I have no idea what you are talking about but I’ll do it

  • mickey644

    Question for anyone: Why is it going to take 9 months to complete replacement of escalators at Dupont Circle?

    • CW

      Because they are being very…very…careful…:)

    • Lou

      Escalators (and elevators for that matter) are all custom built. You can’t just pull one off the shelf in a warehouse. Once you pull the old one out you have to get up and do the measurements and layout for the new components and that is made harder by the heights involved, etc. Then the fabrication drawings have to be done and checked by all the designers. Then when everybody has approved the drawings fabrication starts. Then all the pieces have to made up and brought to the site, staged, tested, installed, etc.

      • charlie

        when they replaced the escalators at Hecht’s/Macy’s in Ballston Mall it was big news because they are custom sized too. And yet they did it in 24 hours. most people didn’t even know it happened.

        • Lou


        • drax

          No, they most certainly didn’t do that in 24 hours.

          • charlie

            actually they did. they closed the store for a little over a day.

            but of course they run a BUSINESS and being closed means no $$.

            METRO is just a SERVICE, so who cares if it is open or not. Right?

    • Anon

      Apparently its a very narrow space that used custom built escalators that didn’t have replacement parts.

  • BreakPause02

    Metro should provide shuttle bus service between Orange and blue line within VA. I’m thinking VA Square or Clarendon and Pentagon/Pentagon City.

    Will certainly save people looking to make connections lots of time.

  • cdubs

    Did anyone think about cutting everyone off during Super Bowl weekend? People are going to be travelling a lot Sunday night…

    • novasteve

      Yay metro! Enabling drunk drivers since 2010!

  • Ashton Heights

    This is not the first time an escalator was installed at Dupont Circle. Why can’t they use the drawings from earlier ones to order new ones in advance and then remove old/install new quickly? Oh…I forgot. This is Metro.

  • John Andre

    Same ol’, same ol’…another weekend…another round of Metro trackwork…and now they’ll be fiddling around with the Red Line for THREE MORE YEARS!

    Still wondering how the New York system handles its track maintenance schedule…betcha they’re FAR LESS INTRUSIVE than Metro.

    • BlueLoom

      Last time I was in NYC, I had to catch a train back to DC on a Saturday. My host made sure that we checked the printed list (posted in every subway station) of which stations would be closed that weekend for track work and other maintenance–just to be sure that both of the stations I needed would be open that Saturday. Station closings and track work probably plague all urban subway systems.

    • AllenB

      From what I understand, it has something to do with the NYC metro having multiple tracks for the same route and the DC metro doesn’t. So in NYC they can do trackwork on one set of tracks while the trains run on the other.

    • ds_36

      Check out MTA’s website now (www.mta.info), from Friday night through Monday morning they have a special weekend website with a modified subway map showing weekend service.

      The difference is since there are four tracks throughout most of the system what usually happens is all trains runs express in one direction and local in the other. However there are times when they close entire sections and riders do have to take shuttle buses to get through.

  • Hmmmm

    So… GC’s can build an entire office or apartment building in 12-18 months but it takes metro 9 months to rebuild an escalator. Seems reasonable.

    Maybe if the metro wasn’t un-rideable on the weekend it could help towards the budget woes

    • drax

      Yeah, that makes sense. The time it takes should be directly proportional to the size of the project. So a 20 floor building should take twice as long as 10 stories, right?

  • Max

    Shuttle busses were remarkably frequent. I was walking along Rosslyn yesterday afternoon and saw a shuttle every 30 seconds or so. I couldn’t believe it. Seems like WMATA did a good job.


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