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Metro Blue and Orange Lines Cut In Two This Weekend
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WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) -- It could be a stressful Columbus Day weekend for Metro riders going through downtown Washington. Metro will close three stations along the Blue and Orange Lines in order to install new track switches, track fasteners, replace old tracks, install safety lights, and repair platforms.

The closure will begin around 10:00 Friday evening. It will last all day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, which is the Columbus Day federal holiday. Service will be back to normal by the time service begins Tuesday morning.

OFFICIAL WORD: Read Metro's press release on the Columbus Day Weekend work

The work will close the Farragut West and McPherson Square stations on the Blue and Orange lines. There will also be no service at Metro Center on those two lines. Orange line trains will operate from Vienna-Fairfax/GMU to Foggy Bottom and between Federal Triangle and New Carrollton. Blue line trains will operate from Franconia-Springfield to Foggy Bottom and between Federal Triangle and Largo Town Center. Some Blue line trains will go from Franconia-Springfield to the Pentagon, then across the Yellow line bridge to L'Enfant Plaza, ending at the Mount Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center.

People who need to travel along these sections of the Orange and Blue lines are encouraged to add 40 minutes to their travel time. Metro will operate free shuttle bus service around the closed stations.

Metro says the work is needed to meet safety recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board. In a press release, Metro said Columbus Day usually sees a 40% drop in rush hour ridership because the day is a federal holiday. In 2009, Metro reported 358,376 trips on its trains for the Columbus Day holiday (Monday, October 12). A week later (Monday, October 19), it reported 704,768 trips.

The Blue and Orange line work is not the only delay Metro riders will encounter for the weekend. Red line trains will single track between the Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations between Friday night at 8:00 and the start of service Tuesday. Crews will repair deteriorating parts of the Rockville station platform. Customers are told to add 30 minutes to their travel time.

Metro will also do work along the Yellow line between 10:00 Friday night at the start of service Tuesday. Trains will single-track between Huntington and Braddock Road for a landscaping project. Customers along the Yellow line should add 30 minutes to their commutes.

Written by Dan Guzman

9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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