Weekend track work will affect Blue, Orange and Silver lines downtown

Metro has been charging some riders the wrong fares for years. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
WASHINGTON — Major track work disruptions hit the Blue, Orange and Silver lines this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be no trains between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle due to ceiling tile and other work.

Both the Farragut West and McPherson Square stations will be closed, and there will be no trains on the lower level at Metro Center.

Shuttle buses will serve all closed stations, including express shuttles direct between Foggy Bottom and Metro Center, Metro Center and Federal Triangle, and Federal Triangle and Foggy Bottom.

Riders might also consider walking to open stations, because the total closure area is about 1.5 miles long.

The Silver Line is only scheduled to run between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston-MU this weekend, so riders will need to transfer to and from Orange Line trains at Ballston-MU or East Falls Church.

Separate track work reduces Red Line service to every 20 minutes this weekend, but Red Line trains will serve Metro Center.

New hours

As a reminder, Metro now closes at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, but is only open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. (Monday through Thursday, the system now closes at 11:30 p.m.)

Due to the track work, however, the last Orange Line and Blue Line trains will leave Virginia stations about 30 minutes earlier than the new schedule would typically call for.

The last Orange Line train from Vienna will depart at 11:49 p.m. Saturday and at 9:52 p.m. on Sunday. The last Orange Line train from New Carrollton will leave about 15 minutes earlier than usually scheduled, at 12:20 a.m. Saturday night and 10:20 p.m. on Sunday.

The last Blue Line train from Franconia-Springfield will leave at 11:55 p.m. Saturday and 9:55 p.m. Sunday. The last Blue Line train from Largo Town Center will leave more than an hour earlier than usual Saturday night, at 11:26 p.m., and 18 minutes earlier than usual on Sunday night, at 10:10 p.m.

Next weekend

Metro’s major shutdown is scheduled to be on the Red Line next weekend.

It is the first of four consecutive weekend shutdowns between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights to test a new tunnel sealant.

Metro plans to continue significant track work on weekends for the foreseeable future.

The next 24/7 work zone that impacts rush-hour service is scheduled to shut down the southern end of the Green Line early next month.

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