Green Line shutdown, Red Line single-tracking this weekend

Passengers wait to board a Red Line train at Metro Center on Feb. 16, 2017. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — The southern end of the Green Line will be shut down Saturday and Sunday, and Red Line trains are only scheduled to run approximately twice an hour.

On the Green Line, the Branch Avenue, Suitland and Naylor Road stations will be closed Saturday and Sunday, with only shuttle buses running to and from those stations connecting to Southern Avenue.

On the Red Line, Metro has scheduled trains every 28 minutes Saturday and Sunday, with single-tracking downtown between Farragut North and Union Station.

For Caps fans who choose to take the train to Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night, the Green Line from the north or Yellow Line from the south to Gallery Place-Chinatown — or the Silver or Orange Line to Metro Center — are probably the best options.

For fans heading to the Nationals-Phillies series, the Green Line is scheduled to run normally outside the shutdown zone.

Blue Line trains are scheduled to single-track between Addison Road and Morgan Boulevard.

While those trains are not expected to be significantly slowed by the work, riders between Largo Town Center and Stadium-Armory should expect fewer trains than usual.

Silver Line trains that usually run to and from Largo Town Center will instead run to and from New Carrollton this weekend. That will add more trains than usual between New Carrollton and Stadium-Armory.

There is no scheduled work posted for the Orange or Yellow lines, but Yellow Line trains are cut back to run only between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square, reducing service through the U Street, Columbia Heights and Petworth area.

The Yellow Line is normally scheduled to run to Fort Totten on weekends.

As a reminder, Metro now runs 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through 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. The first trains for some lines at certain stations can be well after the stated opening times, and the last trains in some cases begin to leave up to 50 minutes before the stated closing times.

Bus, rail change feedback

Metro is in the midst of considering several changes to bus and rail service that could change alternatives during weekend track work or rush-hour commutes.

An online survey asks for rider input on proposed changes to the L1 and L2 down Connecticut Avenue, including the elimination of the L1 route, a reduction in service south of Woodley Park on weekends, or cutting down on the number of bus stops along the route.

The survey, open through May 11, also asks about changes to the Route 42 and Route 43 lines that connect Gallery Place-Chinatown, Dupont Circle and Mount Pleasant. One option in that survey would extend the H1 route to run all day by reducing the number of Route 42 buses.

A separate survey open through May 21 asks about proposed Red Line rail changes that would run some additional trains that currently end at Grosvenor-Strathmore in the morning and afternoon rush through to Shady Grove. Ending the so-called “Grosvenor turnbacks” would cut some wait times for riders at Shady Grove and Rockville.

The plan does not consider a similar extension of trains north of Silver Spring on the other side of the Red Line.

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