Red Line Delays: Metro Single-Tracking Trains Weeknights Into December

11/07/2011 09:25 pm ET | Updated Jan 07, 2012
  • The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Red Line commuters heading home after 8 p.m. should prepare for weeknight delays into December as Metro conducts track-circuit replacement work between the Dupont Circle and Medical Center stations. The work is being conducted in three phases and started Monday night.

  • Until Nov. 17, Red Line trains will share the same track between the Dupont Circle and Van Ness stations from 8 p.m. through closing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Add 15 minutes of additional travel time through that section of track.
  • From Nov. 21 through Nov. 23, Red Line trains will share the same track between the Van Ness and Friendship Heights stations from 8 p.m. through closing. Add 15 minutes of additional travel time through that section of track.
  • From Dec. 12 through Dec. 17, Red Line trains will share the same track between the Van Ness and Medical Center stations. Add 20 minutes through that section of track.

Metro will run eight-car trains during those late evening hours to accommodate crowds.

"Metro trains have been operating manually since June 2009, and this work is will put us on a path to returning to safe and reliable automatic train operations," Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said in a statement.

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