Metro Track Work To Shut Chunks Of Orange, Blue Lines | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Metro Track Work To Shut Chunks Of Orange, Blue Lines

Play associated audio
Weekend delays are expected on the Metro for the next 12 months.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/naq/
Weekend delays are expected on the Metro for the next 12 months.

Trains will not run between Federal Center SW and Minnesota Ave. stations on the Orange line, and between Federal Center SW and Largo Town Center on the Blue line. Shuttle buses will replace train service between these locations.

The Capitol South, Eastern Market, Potomac Ave, and Stadium-Armory Metro stations will all be closed. Metro is recommending riders estimate an additional 40 minutes of trip time if using the shuttle buses.

The Red line will also be experiencing some delays this weekend, with trains sharing the same track between Friendship Heights and Grovesnor-Strathmore Metro stations.

There's a really complex outline of when trains are running where, and when buses are leaving and from where along the Blue and Orange lines, but here's a few highlights that you'll probably want to know:

-Work goes into effect at 10 p.m. tonight, meaning if you're riding Metro later than that this evening, keep an eye out for Shuttle buses in affected areas; -Things are supposed to be back to normal by Tuesday morning; -The last trains each day at the ends of the lines may be leaving 30 minutes early to accommodate shuttles, so plan accordingly.

Shuttle buses should be at these locations outside of closed stations:

• Federal Center SW: D St. S.W., between 3rd and 4th Sts., S.W.; • Capitol South: Eastbound at Independence Avenue at 1st Street SE; westbound at Independence Avenue east of 1st Street SE; • Eastern Market: Eastbound at Pennsylvania Avenue SE across from the station entrance; westbound at Pennsylvania Avenue SE at the station entrance; • Potomac Avenue: Eastbound at Potomac Avenue S.E., and 14th St. S.E.; westbound at Potomac Avenue east of 14th St. S.E., at the top of station escalators; • Stadium-Armory: Eastbound on 19th St. S.E., in front of station escalators; westbound at the bus bay, south side of station escalators; • Benning Road: On East Capitol St. just east of Benning Road; and • Minnesota Avenue: Route U6 bus bay.

The project causing the closures includes repair to escalators and elevators at several of the stations, replacement of track switches at Eastern Market, replacement of 4,700 fasteners, repair of the structure outside the Stadium-Armory Metro, and installation of new cables to improve cell phone access.

NPR

Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.
NPR

Oklahoma Joe's Restaurant Comes Home

Oklahoma Joe's, in Kansas City, is changing its name after 17 years in business. It's time to claim the name of the city they are famous for.
NPR

A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle

The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.
NPR

X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.