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Blue, Orange and Silver Lines Disruption on Aug. 11-26

DC commuters are approaching a reckoning of sorts this weekend, as major Metro repairs on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines overlap with an ongoing shutdown of the Red Line.

With single tracking and longer waits between trains, Metro leaders have encouraged riders to seek alternative means of transit. These disruptions could force many regular Metro passengers behind the wheels of cars—joining motorists who are already seeking alternatives to the current Red Line disruption scheduled to last through Labor Day.

5 Ws

Who: People who use the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines.

What: Major disruptions on the three lines due to around-the-clock work for 16 straight days.

When: The disruptions on these lines begin Saturday, Aug. 11 and conclude Sunday, Aug. 26.


  • Orange and Silver line trains will single track between McPherson Square and Smithsonian, with trains running only every 20 minutes at all times of the day.
  • During rush hours, additional Yellow Line trains will operate every 16 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt, in addition to Blue Line trains running every 16 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery.
  • On the weekends of August 11-12 and 25-26, Farragut West, McPherson Square, and Metro Center (Orange/Silver/Blue lines) will be closed.
  • Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips on the Blue, Orange or Silver lines.


  • Crews are installing new rail, new fasteners, and repairing concrete pads that support the rails at one of the tightest turns of the system between McPherson Square and Smithsonian Stations.
  • Crews will work on each track for approximately one week at a time so that single-track service can be maintained.
  • According to Metro, the work requires a 24/7 zone with single tracking between McPherson Square and Smithsonian.


  • If you travel between Virginia and Downtown DC use the Yellow Line.
  • If you travel between the Rosslyn and Pentagon stations, use the Yellow Line and transfer to/from the Orange or Silver lines at L’Enfant Plaza.
  • Consider using Red, Yellow or Green Line stations that may be within walking distance of your destination.
  • If you park and ride from Orange and Silver Line stations in Virginia, consider using other county or Yellow/Blue line Park-and-Ride facilities.
  • Orange, Blue and Silver line riders from Virginia consider riding select trains on the VRE Manassas Line (via Burke Center) or VRE Fredericksburg Line (via Franconia-Springfield or Alexandria) to Crystal City, L’Enfant Plaza or Union Station.
  • Orange, Blue and Silver line riders in Maryland consider taking the MARC Penn Line (via New Carrollton) or MARC Camden Line (via Greenbelt) downtown.
  • If you park and ride from Orange, Blue and Silver line stations in Maryland, consider using Green Line Park & Ride facilities.


Metro has provided bus alternatives across the regional system, including Metrobus, Arlington Transit, Fairfax Connector and DC Circulator.

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