09/04/2012 11:01 am ET Updated Sep 04, 2012

Metro Red Line Closure Will Affect Downtown Stations This Weekend

WASHINGTON -- You have been warned. The Red Line will be shut down this coming weekend through downtown because of fiber optic cable installation, upgrades to tracks and the third rail, according to Metro.

There will be no train service between the Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet University stations, meaning anyone wanting to transfer to or from other Metrorail lines at the Metro Center or Gallery Place-Chinatown stations will have to use alternate means.

Free shuttle bus services will replace trains. An express route will connect Dupont Circle, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown and NoMa-Gallaudet. Local shuttle service will connect all stations affected, including Union Station.

Certain entrances at Metro Center and Gallery Place-Chinatown will be closed, though access to all non-Red Line platforms at those stations will remain open.

The Red Line will operate in two sections -- Shady Grove to Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet University to Glenmont -- with service approximately every 10 minutes.

This weekend's work starts Friday at 10 p.m. and will conclude by the opening of the system on Monday.

Check out this Metro advisory for complete details, including how track work will affect service on the Blue, Orange and Yellow lines.