Metro riders have been dealing with weekend track work and related service delays for years. Now the transit authority is considering shutting down an entire section of the Red Line for long-term repairs.
Structural and maintenance problems at the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stations may force Metro to close that stretch of the Red Line for up to six weeks, replacing rail cars with shuttle buses, according to a report by NBC Washington. The repair work is not imminent. A Metro spokesman tells WAMU 88.5 "any repair work in that area is likely months, if not more than a year, away."
The problems stem from water constantly leaking into those two stations. The NBC Washington report cites a source who says the repair process could take six weeks.
A decision of whether to shut down the stations has not been made, according to Metro. The transit authority is considering placing a rubber lining around the rail tunnels to stop the leaks. Metro is currently working on the design plan.
"Any decision around the appropriate long-term repairs, including timeline and possible effects on service, will be made only after final engineering designs are submitted in the coming months," said Metro in a statement.