Metro this weekend: Fest’s end means return of shutdowns, single-tracking

Metro Board Chairman and D.C. Council member Jack Evans said that he understands the need for track time and the financial concerns — particularly given the ongoing federal shutdown — but that the patience of people waiting on a return to late-night hours has run out.(WTOP/Dave Dildine)
WASHINGTON — Two Yellow Line shutdowns and significant single-tracking on the Red Line are among the major Metro disruptions this weekend, as track work returns following a weekslong break for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Fans going to the Capitals game Saturday afternoon or Wizards game Sunday evening are also advised to carefully check the track work schedule.

Given the Yellow Line shutdown and Red Line work, fans should consider using the Green Line to and from Gallery Place-Chinatown, or the Orange, Silver or Blue Lines to and from Metro Center, which is only a few blocks from Capital One Arena.

As a reminder, Metro’s hours are now 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday — Thursday; 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Yellow Line

There is no Yellow Line service Saturday or Sunday, with shutdowns in two separate stretches.

The Huntington and Eisenhower Avenue stations are scheduled to be closed Saturday and Sunday, with shuttle buses only connecting to and from King Street.

To the north, the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac River is also scheduled to be shut down. It means Blue Line trains will be the only connection between downtown, Pentagon City and Reagan National Airport.

With no Yellow Line trains running, riders between King Street and Pentagon can expect somewhat longer waits than usual, and a longer trip to and from downtown D.C. Blue Line trains are scheduled every 12 to 15 minutes at most, with single-tracking in Maryland between Addison Road and Morgan Boulevard that halves service between Largo Town Center and Stadium-Armory, because Silver Line trains will divert to New Carrollton instead.

Riders from L’Enfant Plaza to Fort Totten should also expect longer waits than usual, because only Green Line trains are scheduled to run there.

Green Line trains are scheduled every 15 minutes this weekend.

Red Line

Red Line trains are scheduled only every 28 minutes Saturday and Sunday, with single-tracking downtown. Trains are scheduled to single-track between Farragut North and Union Station mainly for communications work.

Friday night only after 10 p.m., Red Line trains are scheduled to single-track between Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore.

Amtrak delays in Virginia Sunday and Monday

CSX track work near Richmond Sunday and Monday is expected to delay all trains in and out of Richmond by 45 minutes to two hours.

The work — part of track construction to increase service and reduce backups due to freight traffic — means a number of trains that normally run between Richmond and Union Station will not run Sunday and Monday.

Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Auto Train, Palmetto and Carolinian trains that are running could each be delayed by up to two hours.

MARC Penn Line schedule change Monday

And starting Monday, weekday commuters on MARC’s Penn Line will see some significant changes.

The adjustments are due to Amtrak track work blocking one of three tracks between Bowie and Odenton that has had more of an impact than expected on the schedule that was revised March 10, the Maryland Transit Administration said.

The changes are meant to reduce unexpected delays for MARC and Amtrak trains in the area.

MARC also hopes new locomotives due to start pulling trains soon could help.

Southbound train changes:

  • Train 511 will leave stations north of Baltimore up to 20 minutes earlier than the previous 5:45 a.m. departure from Perryville.
  • Train 537 (previously 2:30 p.m. from Perryville) will leave all stations five minutes earlier.
  • Train 449 (previously 6:25 p.m. from Baltimore) will leave all stations 10 minutes later.
  • Train 579 (previously 6:35 p.m. departure from Perryville) will depart stations north of Baltimore three minutes later.

Northbound train changes:

  • Train 520 (previously 12:20 p.m. from Union Station) will leave all stations 10 minutes earlier.

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