More Metro stations are shutting down temporarily this summer
Metro is undertaking several maintenance projects this summer. Which means — you guessed it — more service disruptions, from May through September. There are four planned, Metro announced Tuesday:
- Single tracking from the Stadium-Armory to Cheverly stations on the Orange Line.
- Stations will be shut down from Ballston to Vienna (on the Orange Line) and to McLean (on the Silver Line).
June 3-July 17
- Stations from West Falls Church to Vienna on the Orange Line will remain shut down
July 22 to Sept. 4
- Stations will be shut down from Fort Totten to Greenbelt on the Green Line.
The work is intended to address several issues on multiple lines. On the Orange Line, Metro is working with PEPCO to complete station roofing at the Minnesota Ave, Deanwood, and Cheverly stations. The project will require Metro to turn off power transmission lines going over the stations in May.
In June, Metro will begin replacing 30 miles of steel rail, also on the Orange Line. The 40-year old rail here is "significantly more susceptible" to breaks. Metro is also replacing old copper cables with fiber-optic cable. The shutdown on the southern end of the line will be broken into two phases to minimize disruptions to riders.
From late July to early September, Metro will be completing radio and signal projects on the Green Line that require the installation of fiber-optic cable.
In addition, Metro is planning on replacing the elevator and upgrading the escalator at the Dupont Circle station. It is also installing new passenger information displays at the Metro Center, Gallery Place, and L'Enfant stations (These projects are not expected to disrupt services).
The summer outages will follow months of disruptions on the Metro, including an ongoing shutdown of the entire Yellow Line that will continue through May, a weeks-long shutdown of the Blue Line last fall, and an overall slowdown in service due to the temporary removal of the 7000-series Metro trains. Metro got the green light to bring back those trains last fall.
More details on the projects and shutdowns here.
This story originally appeared on dcist.com.
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