Delays Ahead on Red, Orange, Blue Lines

Add 20 or 30 minutes to your night schedule

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    387170 03: A Metro train arrives at the National Airport Metro station March 27, 2001 outside Washington, D. C. in Arlington, Va. Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) complained that the Washington's regional transit agency had not changed the name of the airport station to "Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport" since the law was signed by former president Bill Clinton. The congressman also threatened to hold up money for the agency unless the name of the station is changed to bear the former president's name. (Photo by Alex Wong/Newsmakers)

    Metro says riders on the Red, Blue and Orange lines should prepare for longer trips on most nights in January as it completes maintenance. But it's leaving the weekend nights -- Friday and Saturday at least -- free.

    The transit agency says people should plan on 20 to 30 minutes of additional travel time when riding Sunday to Thursday nights. Maintenance will begin at 8 p.m. on the Red Line and 9:30 p.m. on the Blue and Orange lines, lasting until midnight on all lines.

    Crews will replace rail fasteners along the Red Line between Medical Center and Grosvenor stations, as well some stretches of the Blue and Orange lines. They also will replace concrete slabs under the rails between the Stadium-Armory and Addison Road stops on the Blue Line.

    Other plans include preliminary switch replacement work at the Rosslyn station.