Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials are encouraging riders of the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines to use Metro “only if you have no other option.” A partial Blue Line shutdown and major delays on two other Lines are planned this weekend.
Beginning tomorrow (Saturday) until August 26, Orange and Silver Line trains will run every 20 minutes and Blue Line trains will run between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery. No Blue Line services will be available in DC or Maryland.
WMATA urges commuters to brace for major delays and crowding. Metro’s rush hour promise will not be in effect for trips on the Orange, Blue or Silver Lines.
Crews are scheduled to rebuild track infrastructure, install new rail, new fasteners and repair concrete pads that support rails. Each track will be worked on one week at a time so that single-track service can be maintained, according to WMATA.
In a statement posted to their website, WMATA posted the following information about travel alternatives:
- Commuters between Virginia and the district should use the yellow line.
- Use the Yellow Line and transfer to and from the Orange or Silver Lines at L’Enfant Plaza.
- Use the Red, Yellow or Green Line stations if they’re within walking distance of your destination.
- Consider riding select trains on the VRE Manassas Line or VRE Fredericksburg line to Crystal City, L’Enfant Plaza or Union Station
- Take the MARC Penn Line (via New Carrollton) or the MARC Camden Line (via Greenbelt) downtown.
- Consider bus alternatives. See breakdown online.