Shuttle Buses Replace Trains on Red Line Segment
Red Line customers traveling by shuttle bus through the work zone are advised to add 40 minutes to their trip times.
Red Line trains will single track in two zones this weekend, from 10 p.m. on Friday, March 15, through closing on Sunday, Metro's website reported.
Three stations will be closed during this time: Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland and Fort Totten.
Trains will run between Glenmont and Takoma, and between NoMa-Gallaudet and Shady Grove. They will operate every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and every 15 minutes at other times.
Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between the NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma stations so that work crews can perform ongoing platform reconstruction, track upgrades and bridge work, Metro reported.
Metro advised customers using the shuttle buses between Takoma and NoMa-Gallaudet to add about 40 minutes to their trips.
And, "[to] allow for bus connections, the last train of the night from Glenmont to Takoma will depart 38 minutes earlier than normal—at 1:59 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 10:59 p.m. on Sunday night.
The weekend track work is part of an ongoing schedule to upgrade the Metrorail system. But, improvements at Metro stations could be delayed because of a cut in federal funding for the transit system, The Washington Post reported.
"The $8 million cut in federal dollars for capital projects is a result of sequestration, according to the report," Bethesda Patch reported.