Red Line passengers will face their toughest test of the summer starting in late July, when the much-maligned section of Metro begins a six-week shutdown to complete repairs started during the SafeTrack surge of 2017.
The closures occur in the lull following a busy month for DC - 4th of July weekend, the MLB All-Star Week on July 13-17 and DC United’s grand opening of Audi Field on July 14.
In an effort to mitigate the shutdown’s impacts, Metro and the District Department of Transportation have collaborated to establish a new dedicated bus lane, free shuttles, extra bus lines, and extra capacity on the Yellow and Green Lines.
- Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations will be closed for 45 days, from July 21 through September 3.
- During the weekend of July 28-29, Fort Totten (Red Line) and Takoma will also be closed.
- There will be no Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations. Red Line customers should transfer to Green or Yellow line trains between Fort Totten and Gallery Place to avoid the work zone.
More Green and Yellow Line
- Metro will add capacity to the Green/Yellow Lines to accommodate Red Line riders, including running some Yellow Line trains to/from Greenbelt. During rush hours, Red Line trains will operate every 6 minutes between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet, and every 10 minutes between Glenmont and Fort Totten.
- For customers traveling to/from Brookland or Rhode Island Avenue stations, free shuttle buses will provide alternate service between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave, and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations. In addition, Metro will operate express shuttles between Brookland and Rhode Island Ave and the areas of Metro Center, Gallery Place and Union Station.
Dedicated Bus Lane on Rhode Island Avenue NE
- MetroExtra G9 will operate at all hours the rail system is open, seven days per week, connecting Rhode Island Ave with Downtown DC and other rail and bus lines.
- To reduce travel times, Metro has established a new dedicated bus lane along Rhode Island Avenue NE for MetroExtra G9 from North Capitol Street to 12th Street NE. The lane will operate Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- “These temporary bus lanes are designed to help manage traffic along what is already a busy thoroughfare,” DDOT Director Jeff Marootian said in a statement. “We want to support WMATA in this effort to make sure that Red Line passengers, as well as cyclists and drivers who travel Rhode Island Avenue are able to make it to their destinations on time and safely.”
- DDOT will also modify the following parking requirements along North Capitol Street and Rhode Island Avenue:
- No Parking and No Standing or Stopping from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday, on both sides of Rhode Island Avenue from North Capitol Street to 12th Street, NE.
- Extend rush hour no parking restrictions by 30 minutes for morning and evening rush on North Capitol Street (600 to 3000 North Capitol Street NE/NW). Rush hours will be 7:00 am to 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday. These same restrictions were in place during WMATA SafeTrack.
No “No Rush Hour Promise”
- Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips to or from stations between Glenmont and NoMa-Gallaudet U. The program will remain in effect for Red Line travel between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet U.
Blue, Orange and Silver Lines on Aug. 11-26
Meanwhile, the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines will single track during all operating hours on Aug. 11-26 — single tracking between McPherson Square and Smithsonian will cause 20-minute waits between trains, while the Blue Line will be shut down north of Arlington Cemetery.
No shuttles will run between Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn. Instead, passengers must transfer to the Yellow Line at the Pentagon to get into DC.
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