Upgrading and maintaining the Metro is no small task. Major infrastructure upgrades is why WMATA is taking all of the Red Line trains off the tracks downtown between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Galludet U. from 10 pm tonight through system closing on Sunday, September 9. Buses will replace Red Line subway service for the weekend with local service stopping at each stop along the way and limited service acting like subway trains stopping at specific stations (Metro Center and Gallery Place in between the end points). The rest of the Red Line is scheduled to run as it normally does for the weekend.
Make your weekend transportation plans accordingly!
From the Metro press release:
Metro weekend track work September 7-9
Buses replace Red Line trains between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet U
Efforts to improve and rebuild the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 7-9, 2012, including a major project on the Red Line to improve wireless communications. All work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, September 7, and continue through system closing on Sunday, September 9.
Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations to allow for installation of new fiber optic cable for improved wireless communications, as well as track maintenance and third rail upgrades.
The following stations will be affected:
Dupont Circle – open for rail service to/from Shady Grove only
Farragut North – closed
Metro Center – open for Blue/Orange line service only (NOTE: The station entrances at 11th & G St NW and 13th & G St NW will be closed. The entrances at 12th & G St NW and 12th & F St NW will remain open.)
Gallery Place – open for Green/Yellow line service only (NOTE: The station entrance at 9th & G St NW will be closed. The entrances at 7th & H St NW and 7th & F St NW will remain open.)
Judiciary Square – closed
Union Station – closed (NOTE: Shuttle buses will depart from First Street NE, outside the Metro station entrance.)
NoMa-Gallaudet U – open for rail service to/from Glenmont only