Friday, March 22, 2013
Weekend track work on Metrorail will take a break for four consecutive weekends.
Metro takes a break from its rigorous weekend track work schedule during the cherry blossom season, according to a statement on Metro's website. This year, the break occurs on four consecutive weekends: March 23-24, March 30-31, Apr. 6-7, and Apr. 13-14. "The only planned weekend work during that time will take place late Sunday evenings, when ridership is light," Metro reported. "While the work we do almost every weekend is necessary to get the system back to a steady state of safety and reliability, we are in a position where we can take a short break to let everyone enjoy the season," Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles said in the statement. "The spring break will give people an opportunity to experience the type of system we …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Metro is aiming to give two hours advance warning should bus service be suspended.
Metro is operating on a normal weekday schedule Wednesday as the Washington region braces for a potentially major snowstorm. MetroAccess service and certain Metro commuter bus routes have been canceled, however, and Ride On buses are experiencing delays. Metrorail customers are advised to plan extra time for their commute. “You may encounter minor delays due to snow and ice clearing efforts, as equipment that removes snow and ice from the third rail operates between regularly scheduled trains,” the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said in a statement. Some Metrobus routes may be detoured and bus service may be reduced or suspended as conditions deteriorate, Metro said. Metro is aiming to notify Metrobus riders two hours in …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Red Line Metro trains will single track between Rhode Island Avenue and Takoma this weekend to allow for platform reconstruction, Metro's website reported.
Red Line Metro trains will single track between Rhode Island Avenue and Takoma this weekend to allow for platform reconstruction, Metro's website reported. The single tracking will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, and continue through closing on Monday, Feb. 18. Trains will operate every 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont throughout the weekend, with the following exceptions, according to Metro's website: Metro advised those traveling through the work zone to allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time, according to Metro's website. On Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 18), Metro trains will run on a Saturday schedule. Metro will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Metrobus service will run on a Saturday Supplemental …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Plan your commute carefully on Jan. 21.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Plan your commute carefully on Jan. 21.
While fewer people are expected to attend President Obama's second inauguration on Jan. 21, projections still show between 600,000 and 800,000 people will be there. That alone would cause an increase in traffic on Washington, DC's roads, buses, trains and sidewalks. For safety and security reasons, a number of roads surrounding the National Mall will be closed on Jan. 21. Some Metrorail stations and Metrobus routes will be affected as well. The District of Columbia's Presidential Inauguration 2013 website details the status of road access into Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day: The following roads will be closed from 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21: The website also lists all of the "emergency no parking zones" in effect between 7 a.…
Sunday, December 30, 2012
On New Year's Eve, Metro trains will run later than usual for a weekday.
This New Year's Eve, using "rushing to catch the last Metro" as an excuse to gulp down the Champagne won't work: Metro will remain open until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve (technically New Year's Day by that time) "for the benefit of holiday revelers," Metro reported on its website. Here's the holiday schedule for Metro: On New Year's Eve, Metro will be open for regular weekday service. The Metrorail system will stay open two hours later than usual (closing at 2 a.m.). Last train times will vary by station—Metro advises adding on two hours to weekeday last train times. On New Year's Day, Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. Metrorail will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight. MetroAccess subscription trips will be cancelled.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Passengers traveling through the work zone via shuttle bus should allow for about 50 to 60 minutes of additional travel time, Metro advised.
Five Red Line Metrorail stations will close this weekend for scheduled track work, according to Metro's website. The closed stations will be: Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont. Scheduled track work this weekend begins at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and concludes at system closing on Sunday night. Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Fort Totten and Glenmont to allow for track renewal, signal improvements, platform reconstruction and fiber optic cable installation, according to Metro. Red Line trains will run between Fort Totten and Shady Grove every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and every 15 minutes during the remaining operating hours. Metro advises passengers traveling …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
No trains or buses will run on Monday on account of storm, say transportation officials
Hurricane Sandy has forced officials with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to cancel all service on Monday, Oct. 29. That means that after tonight's closing time, there will be no Metrorail, Metrobus or MetroAccess service until further notice, according to a press release from WMATA. "Metro service will only be restored when it is safe to do so. Following the storm, Metro personnel will need to perform a comprehensive damage assessment, including inspections of track, bridges, aerial structures, stations and facilities," reads the press release. "Service restoration also will be contingent on adequate commercial power to support operations and repair of any storm-related damage." As well, a series of public hearings on …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Free shuttle buses replace Metro trains between Friendship Heights and Shady Grove this weekend.
Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between the Friendship Heights and Grosvenor Metro stations from 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, through system closing on Sunday, Oct. 21. The closure of the tracks during this time will "allow for rail renewal, fastener replacement, grout pad rehabilitation and leak mitigation," according to Metro's website. Red Line trains will operate in two segments throughout the weekend: between Shady Grove and Grosvenor, and between Friendship Heights and Glenmont. The trains will run every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. At other times, trains will operate at regular weekend intervals, Metro added on its website. "Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 30 minutes of additional …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Passengers traveling through the work zone should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time, Metro advised on its website.
Metro's schedule of weekend track work continues this weekend at both ends of the Red Line. Between 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, and closing on Sunday, Oct. 14, Red Line trains will single track through two work zones, according to Metro's website: "Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains between Glenmont and Shady Grove will operate every 20 minutes," according to Metro's website. "Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, additional Red Line trains will operate between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet, providing service about every 10 minutes between those stations," Metro's website added. Metro advised passengers traveling through the work zones to allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time. Read more about track work this …