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Red Line Closure At Bethesda, Medical Center Stations This Weekend

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WASHINGTON -- Got plans this weekend involving Metro? Prepare for some work zones, including a partial shutdown of the Red Line.

Plan ahead!

From Metro:

Red Line

Buses will replace Red Line trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights stations to allow for rail renewal/replacement, structural repairs, tunnel leak mitigation and related improvements. Medical Center and Bethesda stations will be closed. Red Line trains will operate in two segments -- between Shady Grove and Grosvenor and between Friendship Heights and Glenmont -- every 10 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and at regular weekend intervals at other times. Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time. View advisory

Please note: Buses will also replace trains on this segment of the Red Line during the weekends of July 27-29 and August 10-12.

Green Line

Green Line trains will single track between Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza to allow for track maintenance, tie and fastener renewal and third-rail power improvements throughout the weekend, every 16 minutes. Customers should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time. As a result of the work zone, all Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip. View Advisory

Blue Line

Blue Line trains will single track between Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield to allow for tie and insulator renewal, rail tamping and other necessary track work. Trains will operate at or near normal weekend frequencies. However, between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, every other Blue Line train will begin/end at Van Dorn Street, rather than Franconia-Springfield. Customers traveling to/from Franconia-Springfield Station should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time. View Advisory

Orange Line

Orange Line trains will single track in two work zones: Between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for work associated with the Silver Line extension and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly for platform reconstruction. Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will depart Vienna and New Carrollton every 24 minutes. On Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., additional trains will operate between Vienna and Stadium-Armory, providing service an average of every 12 minutes. Customers should allow additional travel time. View Advisory

There is no work scheduled this weekend on the Yellow line. However, all Yellow Line trains will begin/end their trips at Mount Vernon Square, rather than Fort Totten, due to scheduled track work on the Green Line. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mount Vernon Square should use Green Line trains to complete their trip.

Metro is advancing Metro Forward, a six-year, $5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is focused on safety and bringing the Metro system into a state of good repair. In FY2012, Metro Forward includes projects to replace escalators; retrofit track; replace critical track circuitry and equipment along the right of way; rehabilitate third-rail power systems, running rail and track pads; modernize 12 stations; replace 100 Metro buses and the rehabilitate 100 more; renovate three bus garages; and install 30 new track turnouts.

The Trip Planner on Metro’s website will not reflect the impact of this work on schedules. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts (wmata.com/metroalerts) to receive service information via email or text message.

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, customers may call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780, or visit wmata.com.