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More Weeknight Single-Tracking, Weekend Shutdowns Ahead for Metro Red Line Waterproofing Work

Here’s the good news: Metro has developed a viable solution to the persistent tunnel leaks on the Red Line blamed for starting smoke incidents and accelerating the aging of track infrastructure.

The bad news: More weeknight single-tracking and weekend closures from mid-October until just before Thanksgiving.

Metro announced last week that the water-leak mitigation project on the Red Line that began in July is being expanded to an additional 4,000-foot section of track between Medical Center and Grosvenor. The transit agency decided to expand the program after engineers determined a membrane outside the Red Line tunnel is reducing water infiltration.

The additional work will require single-tracking every weeknight after 9 p.m. between Medical Center and Grosvenor stations from Oct. 16 through Nov. 24. Trains will single-track through the area on the weekends of Oct. 21-22 and Nov. 11-12.

Meanwhile, the Red Line will be shut down between Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore on the weekends of Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 18-19. Free shuttle buses will replace trains on that stretch of the Red Line.

Single-tracking will also occur between Medical Center and Twinbrook stations for other track week on the weekend of Nov. 4-5.

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