Metro weekend track work: Red Line shutdown, limited Blue Line service

WASHINGTON — Yet another major Red Line shutdown will disrupt travel this weekend, in addition to single-tracking on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

Red Line

There will be no trains Saturday or Sunday between Silver Spring and Rhode Island Avenue as crews work to repair signal problems that have been tied in part to decades-old faulty communications cables.

The cables were not addressed in the round-the-clock shutdown between Silver Spring and Fort Totten that ended Monday, and the serious issues that could have threatened a crash were only uncovered by an unplanned audit.

Due to the work, the last trains Saturday and Sunday nights between Glenmont and Silver Spring will be shifted significantly to allow riders who need to use the shuttle buses to connect with the other part of the Red Line to make their connections.

The last southbound train from Glenmont, Wheaton and Forest Glen will leave 48 minutes earlier than usual, with a departure from Glenmont at 11:45 p.m. Saturday and 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

The last northbound train from Silver Spring will leave 48 minutes later than usual at 2:16 a.m. Saturday and 12:16 a.m. Sunday.

Blue, Orange and Silver lines

Metro will not have any scheduled Blue Line work Saturday morning, as thousands of people go to Arlington National Cemetery to lay holiday wreaths on headstones as part of Wreaths Across America. Instead, Metro said significant single-tracking on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines will begin Saturday night, after the large crowds are expected to leave the area.

From 10 p.m. Saturday through closing Sunday, trains on the Blue and Orange lines will only run every 24 minutes and Silver Line trains will only run between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston.

Single-tracking is scheduled between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory.

For other lines: The Green Line is scheduled to run normally except Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights after 10 p.m., when single-tracking is scheduled between Prince George’s Plaza and College Park. There is no track work scheduled this weekend on the Yellow Line.

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