Three Red Line stations closed this weekend

WASHINGTON – Metro continues its rebuilding work this weekend with a docket of track work that will affect all five rail lines.

All of the track work begins at 10 p.m. Friday and will last through the weekend.

A portion of the Red Line will be closed to allow for ongoing infrastructure reconstruction and maintenance. Riders should brace for delays of up to 40 minutes. A total of three stations will be closed.

The Brookland, Takoma and Silver Spring stations will be closed. The Fort Totten Station will be open for Green Line service only.

Two types of bus service will be available for riders who travel through the work zone. Limited-stop buses will operate between Forest Glen and Rhode Island stations. These buses will make an intermediate stop in Silver Spring. Metro says that customers using limited-stop buses should add up to 40 minutes to their travel time.

Local buses will operate between Forest Glen and Rhode Island Avenue, and will make intermediate stops at the Silver Spring, Takoma, Fort Totten and Brookland stations. Each stop will require about 10 extra minutes.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the last train from Glenmont to Forest Glen will depart 53 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections.

Track work on the other lines will make for long waits on station platforms. Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will run every 20 minutes throughout the weekend to allow for rebuilding work in three separate work zones.

Metro says that passengers will experience the longer wait time on the platform and that “once a train departs a station, it is not expected to encounter delays en route.”

Motorcycle rides

Anne Arundel residents will have two motorcycle rides to contend with Saturday.

The annual Burn Foundation ride for charity runs from 9 a.m. to noon and will affect traffic along Dorsey Road, Telegraph Road/MD Route 170, Route 100 East, Interstate-97 South and Route 50 east to the Bay Bridge.

Drivers should expect heavy traffic and should drive with caution with so many motorcycles on the road. Police will be stationed at the intersections of Dorsey and Route 170 plus Route 170 and Route 100 to alleviate traffic problems.

Also Saturday, the Faces of Valor ride begins at 9:30 a.m. At the Outback Steakhouse on Forest Drive in Annapolis. Impacted roads include Route 2, Route 50, Route 450, the Severn River Bridge, St. George Street, Rowe Boulevard and Generals Highway. The ride ends at the county fairgrounds.

Police will escort the 80 to 120 participants. But motorists should expect delays along the route and heavier than normal traffic.

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