Rhode Island Avenue Station to remain closed through end-of-day Sunday as structural inspections continue

After initial assessment of the structural soundness of Rhode Island Avenue Station following two incidents of falling concrete and a metal bracket, Metro is advising customers that the station will remain closed through the end of the day Sunday, September 4, 2016 to complete a top-to-bottom inspection and allow for necessary repairs.

The station will reopen and normal service on the Red Line is expected to resume when Metrorail opens at 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Customers traveling to or from Rhode Island Avenue should allow additional travel time or seek alternate transportation options. Red Line trains will bypass the station and free shuttle bus service will be provided between Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations. (more…)


SafeTrack Surge #7 to include weekend line segment shutdown on Red Line

Metro’s seventh SafeTrack surge, which gets underway tomorrow, August 9, will be expanded to include a weekend line segment shutdown to accommodate additional repairs identified during special supervisory inspections ordered by General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld following last month’s derailment.

Surge #7 will include around-the-clock single tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook on weekdays through August 18, 2016. In addition, the work zone will be extended the weekend of August 13-14, to include a line segment shutdown between Shady Grove and Grosvenor-Strathmore with free shuttle buses replacing trains.

The weekend shutdown will allow track work crews to perform additional switch maintenance, replace crossties and make repairs identified during inspections that need to be addressed.

The nine-day surge will also focus on renewing or replacing rail and power infrastructure between Shady Grove and Twinbrook, with a focus on wooden crossties, fasteners, switches and power cables.  (more…)

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of August 1-3 with service adjustments for track work on the Red Line only beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and continuing through system closing on Sunday. Buses will replace Red Line trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten.

Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals.


Metrorail train arriving at King Street Metro

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of June 20 – June 22, 2014 with scheduled weekend track work beginning at 10:00 PM Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, with additional trains between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours. Orange, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 20 minutes (see below for details).


King Street Trolley

Interesting Area News

While you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

  • Preparations underway for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (WJLA)
  • 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is Wednesday. There will be road closures, etc. Details here -> (Post Local)
  • If you work for the federal government, you are urged to telework on Wednesday if you can because of the March.  (NBC Washington)
  • ACPS signs lease on Peyton Street building close to Carlyle (Old Town Alexandria Patch)
  • An Alexandria residents Boston Marathon reunion (Alexandria Times)
  • WMATA is seriously considering a long-term closure of portions of Metrorail’s Red Line (GGW)
  • As close as Carlyle/Eisenhower East is to the train tracks, here are the top ten Amtrak routes in terms of number of passengers (Beyond DC)

Metro’s Red Line service is seeing some disruptions this morning due to an emergency switch repair at Judiciary Square. Already riders are seeing over crowded trains:

Via NBC Washington

WMATA announced Wednesday morning that customers on the Red Line should expect delays between 20 and 30 minutes during rush hour due to an unscheduled switch repair near Judiciary Square.

Trains are single-tracking from Farragut North to Judiciary Square — and at Metro Center and Gallery Place, all Red Line trains will arrive on the Glenmont platform.

Every other train will offload and turn back at the Farragut North and NoMa stations, and WMATA said riders should consider the Green Line at Fort Totten or Metrobus as an alternate route.

Planning to travel into Maryland on the Red line over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend? Metro has announced the they will be closing the Grovesnor-Strathmore station that weekend for much needed track work.

WUSA9.com reports:

Metro will be closing down Grosvenor-Strathmore station Martin Luther King weekend for a major track rehabilitation and rebuilding project on the Red Line between the White Flint and Medical Center stations. 

The station will be closed starting at 10 p.m. Friday January 15th until closing Monday January 18th.  Normal service will resume for Tuesday morning rush hour.

Metro will provide shuttle buses between the White Flint and Medical Center stations to help riders get around the work zone. 

During the weekend construction project Metro will rebuild the trackbed, which means workers will install 1,400 feet of new rail, 310 new ties, 200 new tons of ballast, 300 new track fasteners, 600 new anchor bolts, repair 200 feet of grout pads on the aerial structure, and make track circuit upgrades. 

Metro plans to operate every 6 minutes during the day on Saturday and every 8 minutes on Sunday and Monday.  After 930pm on all days trains will run every 15 minutes. 

If you are heading to Maryland that weekend, you may want to check WMATA.com to see if there are any delays.

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