Riding Metro this weekend? There's a good chance your trip will be delayed (more than usual) due to scheduled maintenance.
The Blue, Orange and Red lines will all experience service delays as WMATA replaces four track switches at the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail station, conducts repairs on escalators and elevators and improves cell phone coverage.
All of the information below is from Metro.
First, the Blue and Orange lines:
There will be no service between the Rosslyn and Farragut West stations, and the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail station will be closed during the MLK Holiday Weekend from 10 p.m. Friday to closing on Monday, Jan. 17.
Extra Metro employees will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Monday at the Rosslyn, Foggy Bottom-GWU and Farragut West stations to help customers navigate the closure. Virginia riders headed into the city can use the Yellow Line to get downtown to avoid the track closure and transfer to Blue and Orange trains at L’Enfant Plaza.
Free shuttle buses will be set up between the Rosslyn, Foggy Bottom-GWU and Farragut West stations.
Riders should add an extra 40 minutes to their travel plans.
The last Blue and Orange Line trains going between the Rosslyn and Farragut West stations will pass through the work zone prior to 10 p.m. Friday because personnel need time to remove power from both tracks and assemble maintenance crews safely in the designated work zones, according to Metro.
Over the holiday weekend, the Blue and Orange lines will be split in two sections. The Blue Line will operate between the Franconia-Springfield and Rosslyn stations and between the Largo Town Center and Farragut West stations. The Orange Line will operate between the Vienna-Fairfax/GMU and Rosslyn stations and between the New Carrollton and Farragut West stations.
Blue Line trains will operate about every 20 minutes between the Franconia-Springfield and Rosslyn stations. Blue Line trains operating between the Largo Town Center and Farragut West stations will operate approximately every 15 to 20 minutes. Orange Line trains will operate approximately every 20 minutes between the Vienna-Fairfax/GMU and Rosslyn stations. Orange Line trains operating between the New Carrollton and Farragut West stations will operate approximately every 15 to 20 minutes.
For riders who normally use the Blue Line between Franconia-Springfield and the Pentagon and who wish to bypass the weekend closure at the Foggy Bottom-GWU station, Metro will operate additional Yellow Line trains between the Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center stations between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.
In addition to the multi-day closure of the Foggy Bottom-GWU station, Orange and Blue Line trains also will be sharing one track in two additional locations. Orange Line trains will share one track between the West Falls Church-VT/UVA and East Falls Church stations to allow the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to conduct major construction activities that will eventually connect the new rail line to the existing Metrorail system. On the Blue Line, trains will share one track between the Van Dorn Street and Braddock Road stations to allow for maintenance work related to the Wilson Bridge project.
On to the Red Line...
Trains will share one track between the Friendship Heights and Van Ness-UDC stations on the Red Line as personnel repair tunnel leaks and install new bumpy tiles on the station platform at the Tenleytown Metrorail station. Riders traveling between these stations should add 20 minutes to their travel times throughout the weekend. Also, as part of the Red Line rehabilitation project, trains will share one track between the New York Avenue-Florida Avenue-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood stations.
From Jan. 15 to 17, Red Line trains will depart approximately every 15 minutes from the Shady Grove and Glenmont stations. From 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., more frequent service will be offered on the Red Line and will operate approximately every 8 minutes between the Van Ness-UDC and New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U stations.