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In an effort to improve safety and repair stations, Metro is  using a new approach to weekend track work that involves temporarily closing individual stations or clusters of stations and substituting buses for rail service.  It has released a calendar to help metro riders plan trips accordingly.  Work on the Orange Line is related to the extension of  the Silver Line to Dulles.  Of course, this schedule is subject to change so Metro suggests that you always check http://www.metroforward.com before traveling.

Weekend Line Impact Stations Closed Work Performed
July 16-17, 2011 Orange line Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church None Switch installation for Dulles extension; tie replacement work; replacement of rail
July 23-24, 2011 Orange line Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church None Switch installation for Dulles extension; tie replacement work; replacement of rail
August 6-7, 2011 Red line Buses replace trains between Bethesda and Rockville Medical Center
Grosvenor-Strathmore
White Flint
Twinbrook
Leak-mitigation work in tunnels to reduce corrosion; platform rehabilitation at Twinbrook and White Flint stations; NTSB-recommended cable insulation testing; federally mandated installation of cable for enhanced cell phone coverage
August 7, 2011
(Sunday only)
Blue lineYellow line Buses replace trains between King Street and Van Dorn Street (Blue Line); King Street and Eisenhower Ave (Yellow Line) None VDOT bridge work on Telegraph Road
August 20-21, 2011 Red line Buses replace trains between Glenmont and Fort Totten Takoma
Silver Spring
Forest Glen
Wheaton
Glenmont
Tie replacement, rail surface improvement (tamping), NTSB-recommended cable insulation testing, federally mandated installation of cable for enhanced cell phone coverage
September 3-5, 2011 Orange line Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church None Switch installation for Dulles extension; tie replacement work; replacement of rail
September 3-5, 2011 Blue line Buses replace trains between King Street and Van Dorn Street None NTSB recommended installation of “Guarded #8” switches
September 17-18, 2011 Yellow line Buses replace trains between Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza None Yellow Line bridge inspection and related bridge work
October 8-9, 2011 Orange line Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church None Switch installation for Dulles extension; welding of rail ends to provide for better ride quality; replacement of rail
October 8-9, 2011 Yellow lineGreen line Buses replace trains between Mt Vernon Sq and Georgia Ave Shaw-Howard Univ
U St/Cardozo
Columbia Heights
NTSB-recommended installation of “Guarded #8” switches
October 15-16, 2011 Red line Buses replace trains between New York Ave and Fort Totten Rhode Island Ave.
Brookland-CUA
Track rehabilitation; New York Avenue DDOT project; station rehabilitation work at Brookland Station; cable work
October 22-23, 2011 Red line Buses replace trains between New York Ave and Fort Totten Rhode Island Ave.
Brookland-CUA
Track rehabilitation; New York Avenue DDOT project; station rehabilitation work at Brookland Station; cable work
October 29-30, 2011 Green line Buses replace trains between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Ave Waterfront-SU
Navy Yard
Anacostia
Congress Heights
Prep work for NTSB installation guarded #8 switches
November 5-6, 2011 Red line Buses replace trains between Glenmont and Fort Totten Takoma
Silver Spring
Forest Glen
Wheaton
Glenmont
NTSB-recommended replacement of track circuit modules; track rehabilitation; cable work
November 12-13, 2011 Green line Buses replace trains between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Ave Waterfront-SU
Navy Yard
Anacostia
Congress Heights
NTSB-recommended installation of “Guarded #8” switches
November 19-20, 2011 Blue lineYellow line Buses replace trains between Pentagon City and King Street Crystal City
National Airport
Braddock Road
Insulator renewal; communication cable installation; track rehabilitation
January 14-16, 2012 Blue lineOrange line Buses replace trains between L’Enfant Plaza and Eastern Market Federal Center SW
Capitol South
NTSB-recommended installation of “Guarded #8” switches
January 21-22, 2012 Red line Buses replace trains between Bethesda and Grosenor-Strathmore Medical Center NTSB-recommended installation of “Guarded #8” switches; track rehabilitation
January 28-29, 2012 Red line Buses replace trains between Dupont Circle and Van Ness Woodley Park
Cleveland Park
Rail fastener replacement; rail replacement; insulator renewal
February 4-5, 2012 Blue lineOrange line Buses replace trains between Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn None Rail fastener replacement; rail replacement; insulator renewal
Feburary 11-12, 2012 Orange line Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church None Switch installation for Dulles extension, tie replacement work, replacement of rail
February 18-19, 2012 Orange line Buses replace trains between Rosslyn and Virginia Square Courthouse
Clarendon
NTSB-recommended installation of “Guarded #8” switches; track rehabilitation
Feburary 18-19, 2012 Red line Buses replace trains between Medical Center and White Flint Grosvenor-Strathmore NTSB-recommended replacement of track circuit modules; track rehabilitation; cable work
March 3-4, 2012 Red line Buses replace trains between White Flint and Rockville Twinbrook NTSB-recommended replacement of track circuit modules; track rehabilitation; cable work
March 10-11, 2012 Red line Buses replace trains between Dupont Circle and Van Ness Woodley Park
Cleveland Park
Rail fastener replacement; rail replacement; insulator renewal
March 17-18, 2012 Red line Buses replace trains between Rockville and Shady Grove None NTSB-recommended replacement of track circuit modules; track rehabilitation; cable work
March 24-25, 2012 Blue lineYellow line Buses replace trains between King Street and Van Dorn Street (Blue Line); King Street and Eisenhower Ave (Yellow Line) None Tie work; rail fastener replacement; grout work; rail renewal; insulator renewal
April 21-22, 2012 Red line Buses replace trains between Rhode Island Ave and Silver Spring Brookland-CUA
Fort Totten
Takoma
Tie work; rail fastener replacement; grout work; rail renewal; insulator renewal; interlocking surfacing; station rehab work at Fort Totten and Takoma
April 21-22, 2012 Blue line Buses replace trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn Arlington Cemetery Replacement of wooden rail ties
April 28-29, 2012 Blue line Buses replace trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn Arlington Cemetery Replacement of wooden rail ties
May 5-6, 2012 Green line Buses replace trains between Greenbelt and Prince George’s Plaza College Park
Greenbelt
Tie work; rail fastener replacement; grout work; rail renewal; insulator renewal
May 5-6, 2012 Blue line Buses replace trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn Arlington Cemetery Replacement of wooden rail ties
May 19-20, 2012 Orange line Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church None Switch installation for Dulles extension; tie replacement
May 26-27, 2012 Green line Buses replace trains between Greenbelt and West Hyattsville Prince George’s Plaza
College Park
Greenbelt
NTSB-recommended installation of “Guarded #8” switches
June 2-3, 2012 Orange line Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church None Switch installation for Dulles extension; tie replacement
June 9-10, 2012 Orange line Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church None Switch installation for Dulles extension; tie replacement
June 23-24, 2012 Orange line Buses replace trains between East Falls Church and West Falls Church None Switch installation for Dulles extension; tie replacement
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