Maintenance on the Metro this weekend: Are service changes in store for riders? Plus, wrapped trains and buses to honor veterans set to hit the transit system.
Ah, the weekend is finally here! But before we get too comfortable in our couches, let’s take a closer look at what’s happening on the Metro this weekend. Brace yourselves, folks, because maintenance work is in progress, and it might cause some service changes for us dedicated riders.
In a news release issued on Friday, the transit agency warned us about the impending service disruptions due to maintenance work. So, if you were planning to zip around on the Metro this weekend, it’s wise to have a backup plan in place. Let’s hope everything goes smoothly and our commutes aren’t too affected.
But wait, there’s more! Veterans Day is just around the corner, and the Metro is all set to honor our beloved veterans with a special treat. Get ready to see some wrapped trains and buses rolling into the transit system. Isn’t that exciting?
According to the Metro, these vehicles will showcase a patriotic theme, featuring a striking red design adorned with the American flag. The messages displayed will be “Proud to serve those who served our country” and “Honoring Veterans Day.” It’s heartwarming to see our transit system paying tribute to those who have selflessly served our nation.
Metro board member and retired Army Colonel Donald Drummer expressed his gratitude, stating, “Metro is honored to support our military members, veterans, and their families with mobility across the region every day. We also acknowledge and salute the veterans and family members on our Metro team for their service and sacrifices. This train and bus are symbols of our enduring respect and appreciation.” How touching!
Now, for those of you who are curious about the maintenance work that awaits us this weekend, here’s a rundown. The Red, Blue, Silver, and Green lines will be affected by track and construction work on both Saturday and Sunday. Let’s break it down line by line:
Starting with the Red Line, trains will be single tracking between Medical Center and Grosvenor stations. So, be prepared for potential delays in this section. However, fear not! Trains will still be running every 10 minutes between Friendship Heights and Glenmont, as well as every 20 minutes between Friendship Heights and Shady Grove. The purpose behind this is rail renewal and joint elimination, all aimed at providing us with a smoother ride. Kudos to the Metro for constantly striving to improve our commuting experience!
On the Blue Line, trains will run at a frequency of every 12 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes in the evening. The route spans from Franconia-Springfield to Stadium-Armory, as well as Addison Road to Downtown Largo. As for the Silver Line, it will only operate between Stadium-Armory and Ashburn. The frequency will mirror that of the Blue Line, with trains running every 12 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes in the evening. To assist commuters during this period, free shuttle buses will be available. It’s good to know that the Metro has our backs!
Attention Green Line riders! Track work will be taking place between U Street and Georgia Ave—Petworth stations. As a result, trains will be single tracking in this stretch with a frequency of every 16 minutes. The reason behind this disruption is the replacement of platform edge lighting. Safety first, folks!
Now, for some good news. There are no expected service changes on the Orange and Yellow lines. So, if you’re heading that way, sit back, relax, and enjoy your smooth ride.
Before we bid adieu, let’s talk about Veterans Day service. As we all know, Veterans Day falls on Friday, November 11th. To celebrate and honor our local veterans, the Metro will be running its services on a normal weekend schedule. So, from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., you can rely on the Metrorail to cater to your commuting needs.
That’s all for now, folks! Remember to plan accordingly for the maintenance work and enjoy the sight of those beautiful wrapped trains and buses dedicated to our veterans. The Metro is ever-evolving to provide us with a better commuting experience, and for that, we salute them!
Stay informed, stay safe, and have a great weekend, Metro riders!