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Emergency Repairs to Disrupt Metro Service This Weekend

by RestonNow.com March 12, 2018 at 10:15 am 5 Comments

Expect service reductions at Silver Line stations and some Blue Line stations this weekend from March 16 through 18 due to major problems with concrete supporting Metro’s tracks.

A slab of concrete is cracked under the rails between Benning Road and Capitol Heights stations. Metro will remove rails and fasteners to remove the existing concrete and add a new structure, a process that is expected to take three consecutive days.

Silver Line trains will run every 24 minutes during single tracking, including during rush hour. Blue Line trains will be rerouted to New Carollton instead of Largo. Service will remain unaffected between Franconia-Springfield and New Carollton.

“Unfortunately, this is a repair job that cannot wait and cannot be confined to a weekend,” said Joe Leader, Metro’s Chief Operating Officer. “To the customers at the 10 stations who will be impacted on Friday, March 16, we apologize and hope that they will consider using stations on other lines or alternate travel options that day.”

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  • Why do you bother?

    The newest station has ” major problems with concrete supporting Metro’s tracks.”???? Thanks for reinforcing my “never Metro again” policy.

    • JoeInReston

      This is track between the Benning Road and Capitol Heights stations – built long before the Silver line was built.

    • Mike M

      No worries. Fares are going up.

      • Why do you bother?

        Heh. That’s a given. Won’t affect me though.

  • JoeInReston

    https://www.wmata.com/schedules/maps/upload/2017-System-Map.pdf

    Benning Road and Capitol Heights Metro stations are on the far east side of the Silver Line. Their solution involves degrading the train interval time for every single Silver Line rider.

    A seemingly more optimal solution would be to split the Silver Line into two segments Have a majority of trains run on their normal intervals from Wiehle up to Stadium Armory/Benning Road, whatever is easiest. Than have a smaller set of trains run the east segment.

    A similar solution would be to have some Silver trains reverse course at Stadium Armory/Benning Road and other trains continue all the way to the eastern terminus. I believe they do something like this with the red line on occasion.

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