10/14/2011 05:17 pm ET | Updated Dec 14, 2011

MLK Memorial Dedication Weekend: No Metro Construction On Sunday

WASHINGTON -- After a tough week for Metro and its delay-weary commuters, weekend riders will be getting a break. There's no track work or other construction scheduled. That's because this weekend's dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial has prompted the transit agency to suspend track work on Sunday.

"We will adjust our plans to accommodate the rescheduling of this once-in-a-lifetime event," Richard Sarles, Metro general manager and chief executive officer, said in a statement. "While the rebuilding efforts of the Metrorail system are critical, we recognize the national significance of this event and will reschedule our work for a later date to ensure that customers have a seamless travel experience.”

Metro will open at 5 a.m. on Sunday. Click here for Metro's special guide to getting to the memorial and the dedication ceremonies.

There is, however, track work scheduled for Friday night and Saturday:

  • Red Line trains will share the same track between the Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations.
  • Orange and Blue line trains will share the same track between Eastern Market and Stadium Armory stations
  • Orange Line trains will share the same track between the Vienna and West Falls Church stations; Orange and Blue Line trains will operate every 24 minutes from their respective terminals
  • Blue and Yellow Line trains, which will operate every 24 minutes, will share the same track between the National Airport and Braddock Road stations.