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Major Orange Line Closures This Weekend

by ARLnow.com November 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm 4,850 12 Comments

If you were hoping to get somewhere via the Orange Line this weekend, expect your trip to take longer than usual.

Both the Ballston and Virginia Square Metro stations will be closed and the Orange Line split into two sections from about 10:00 p.m. Friday to system closing on Monday, Nov. 12, a federal holiday. The closures will allow the replacement of track switches outside Ballston station.

Free shuttle bus service will be provided between the Clarendon and East Falls Church Metro stations.

Orange Line trains between East Falls Church and Vienna, meanwhile, will be single tracking this weekend for testing on the Silver Line. As a result of the work, trains will operate between Clarendon and New Carrollton at regular weekend service intervals, and between East Falls Church and Vienna every 24 minutes.

“Customers traveling through the work zone via shuttle bus service should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time,” Metro said. “Customers traveling to/from stations west of East Falls Church should allow up to 45 minutes of additional travel time (30 minutes for shuttle bus service plus up to 15 minutes due to single tracking).”

Life will be a bit easier for south Arlington residents. There will be no work this weekend on the Blue and Yellow Lines.

Flickr photo by Mattron

  • blah

    so I live by East Falls Church, can I just hope on the shuttle bus to Clarendon without having to pay? #freeride?

    • BMK

      typically, yes, that is what happens

    • Greg

      Probably. Sometimes they have people escorting riders, but if you walk into the station and then just turn around, you should be fine.

  • BMK

    Oh, Metro .. $100 says they have a track problem somewhere near ballston on tuesday

  • 350sbc

    The Metro buses will turn into drunk buses come late Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Sam B

    There’s no work on blue/yellow this weekend. Let me guess, they’ll shut down blue/yellow next weekend as people try to get to National Airport for Thanksgiving travel rather than using this weekend to perform that work.

    Just like how they worked on blue two weekends ago during the MCM… instead of postponing that work to the 3rd or 10th.

  • MrMeow

    Worthless, thy name is Metrorail. Lots of people have to work on Monday and the system will be crippled. Thanks.

    • drax

      So they shouldn’t ever do maintenance?

      Most people in DC are off work Monday. It makes sense to do the work then. You apparently are working Monday. Guess what? You’re not the center of the universe.

      • MrMeow

        Most people have off Saturday and Sunday, not Monday. Not everyone is a federal employee. It’s a very minor holiday that not many firms in the private sector observe because the swap it with the day after Thanksgiving. It’s going to make life miserable for a lot of people on Monday.

        Funny, do you think on MLK weekend, with the Inauguration on monday, a federal holiday, they will do any repair work? Is an inuaguration really worth delaying vital repairs? Are you at the center of the universe if you think the Metro shouldn’t be hindered by repairs that day?

        • Glebe Roader

          This is a very n-steve type of response. New handle?

        • hermitcrab

          “It’s going to make life miserable for a lot of people on Monday.”

          It sounds like you are planning to be miserable regardless of what happens.

  • DCBuff

    We need Steve’s R-B corridor trolley, with sidetrip down Barton, and we need it now!


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