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Add 40 minutes to your Metro commute this weekend; track work is expected to cause lengthy delays.
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Add 40 minutes to your Metro commute this weekend; track work is expected to cause lengthy delays.

By David Schultz

No matter where you're coming from or where you're going to, you're likely to run into major delays on Metro this weekend. Metro crews will be doing track maintenance on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green Lines.

Metro spokesperson Taryn McNeil says some of this weekend's maintenance was originally scheduled for President's Day weekend, but it was postponed after February's massive snowstorms. McNeil says Metro usually tries to avoid doing this much track work all at once.

Starting at 10 p.m., Metro says riders should expect delays of up to 40 minutes.

Delays could be especially bad on Saturday, when the Washington Nationals, the Washington Capitals, and D.C. United have scheduled home games.

From the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority:

Orange and Blue Line Switch Replacement

Metrorail customers traveling between the Court House and Foggy Bottom Metrorail stations on the Orange Line, and between the Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom Metrorail stations on the Blue Line should expect lengthy delays this weekend and add at least 40 minutes to their travel time. Trains will share the same track between these locations from 10 p.m. Friday, April 16, to closing (midnight) on Sunday, April 18.

Throughout the entire weekend, all Blue and Orange Line trains will depart approximately every 20 minutes from the Largo Town Center, Franconia-Springfield, New Carrollton and Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail stations.

For people traveling between the Rosslyn and Stadium-Armory Metrorail stations, trains will operate approximately every 10 minutes.

Red Line Track Upgrades

Metrorail customers traveling between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations should expect lengthy delays this weekend and should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time. Trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. Friday, April 16, to closing (midnight) on Sunday, April 18.

Throughout the weekend, all Red Line trains will depart approximately every 20 minutes from the Shady Grove Metrorail station. To help expedite rail travel into downtown Washington, every other Red Line train traveling toward the Shady Grove Metrorail station will terminate at the Friendship Heights Metrorail station and will return to the Glenmont Metrorail station.

For people traveling between the Friendship Heights and Glenmont Metrorail stations, trains will operate approximately every 10 minutes.

Green Line Rail Replacement

Metrorail customers traveling between the College Park-U of Md and Greenbelt Metrorail stations should expect delays this weekend and should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time. Trains will share one track between these locations on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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