Trains to follow Sunday schedule on Labor Day
Metro riders must board shuttles on part of the Red Line through Monday to allow for the continuation of a waterproofing pilot program to reduce leaks in tunnels and for maintenance work, spokesperson Ron Holzer said.
Holzer said the shutdown is scheduled for Sept. 2 through 4 and Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.
Buses replace trains between Twinbrook and Friendship Heights stations through closing Monday, officials said in a news release. White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center and Bethesda stations will be closed through Monday.
Officials said in the release riders should add to their trip 10 minutes for each stop in the line segment shutdown.
Metro board member Tom Bulger, who represents D.C., said he received an email a few weeks ago that Metro needed to adjust the schedule of the Red Line’s waterproofing, adding that this pilot program is part of Metro’s “preventative maintenance” program.
Metro previously shut down stations between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights for four consecutive weekends and single-tracked trains during those weeks starting at 9 p.m. to install a “waterproof membrane.”
Holzer confirmed Thursday part of the shutdown was a continuation of the “leak mitigation” pilot project on the Red Line, but he added other reasons contributed to the shutdown and the pilot program was not the primary reason.
Workers will also replace wooden rail ties and eliminate joints in the rails during the shutdown, Metro officials said in a Thursday news release. Metro will resume the shutdown the following weekend.
"No, that is not the cause of the shutdown,” Holzer said about the pilot program. “The shutdown… it's the amount of work that needs to be done, and it's being done on a switch.”
According to a glossary on Metro’s website, trains use switches to change from one set of tracks to another.
Holzer said workers will “touch up” the coating in the areas that they already installed it, as well as finishing up any remaining parts such as “edges” of the tunnels.
Metro had scheduled the shutdown a while ago. Riders could have found out about the track work prior to Labor Day weekend, Holzer said. Riders can access information on upcoming track work by visiting wmata.com/trackwork.
Metro officials previously said in a news release the pilot program involves drilling small holes in the tunnel and injecting them with a substance to coat the tunnel and prevent leaks.
Last trains will depart end-of-the-line stations at new times to allow for “shuttle bus connections,” officials said.
- Closed stations: White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center and Bethesda
- Saturday: Last train departs from Shady Grove at 11:45 p.m. and from Glenmont at 12:33 a.m.
- Sunday: Last train departs from Shady Grove at 9:45 p.m. and from Glenmont at 10:33 p.m.
- Monday: Last train departs from Shady Grove 40 minutes earlier than usual, but the last train departs from Glenmont at the regular time.