Metro introduced Tuesday it’s planning weeks-long shutdowns alongside parts of each strains for upkeep work this summer time.
Head’s up, Metrorail riders. When you take the Orange and Inexperienced Strains, be ready for some main disruptions to common service this summer time.
Metro introduced Tuesday it’s planning weeks-long shutdowns alongside parts of each strains for upkeep work this summer time. A few of the identical stations that Metro will shutter this summer time have been additionally closed for in depth upkeep just some years in the past.
The work begins on the Orange Line.
The western finish of the Orange Line in Fairfax County, Virginia, is ready to shut in two phases over June and July in order that Metro can change 40-year-old metal rails that the company says are “considerably extra inclined” to breakage than these in different elements of the system.
Beginning June 3 and lasting by way of June 26, Metro will shut Orange Line stations west of Ballston. That features the East Falls Church, West Falls Church, Dunn Loring and Vienna stations. Closing East Falls Church may also reduce off a part of the Silver Line from Ballston to McLean.
Through the second section of the work, West Falls Church and East Fall Church are set to reopen, however the Dunn Loring and Vienna stations will stay closed by way of July 17.
Along with changing the rails, Metro mentioned crews shall be upgrading outdated copper cables to fiber-optic cables.
Metro shut down that very same stretch of the Orange Line in the summertime of 2020 for upkeep work.
Inexperienced Line shutdown
An excellent longer shutdown is deliberate this summer time for the northern finish of the Inexperienced Line later in the summertime.
Between July 22 and Sept. 4, Metro will shut Inexperienced Line stations north of Fort Totten. That features the West Hyattsville, Hyattsville Crossing, School Park-U of Md. and Greenbelt Metro stations.
This is identical stretch of the Inexperienced Line Metro closed in 2021 to rebuild station platforms. Metro mentioned it wants to shut the stations once more this summer time to put in fiber optic cables that can enhance rail system expertise.
Metro has but to launch particulars on workaround methods for commuters, akin to free shuttle buses, however mentioned it can accomplish that earlier than the shutdowns start.
“Metro is working carefully with regional companions to determine journey alternate options and deploy a buyer info and engagement plan earlier than the shutdowns,” the company mentioned in a information launch.
The transit company mentioned it makes use of the summer time months “to advance giant upkeep and infrastructure initiatives with vital buyer impacts,” due to decrease ridership.
Along with the shutdowns, Metro mentioned the japanese finish of the Orange Line in Northeast DC and Prince George’s County, Maryland, would see 10 days of single-tracking between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly stations beginning Might 12 by way of Might 22.
Metro mentioned it wants to shut the stations to finish roofing work that can require de-energizing energy transmission strains above the stations.
Different upgrades Metro plans to work on this summer time embrace putting in new info shows at Metro Middle, Galley Place and L’Enfant stations and putting in three new escalators and renovating an elevator on the Dupont Circle station.
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