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Unscheduled Green Line Work to Impact Friday AM Commute

Metro will replace about 100 feet of rail on the Green Line during the overnight hours Thursday night through Friday morning, impacting the Friday morning rush-hour commute.

Ultrasonic testing revealed a possible rail defect in the early stages of forming outside the Columbia Heights Station. Temporary measures have been instituted to allow trains to continue to operate safely until permanent repairs are completed, Metro said in a statement.


  • Starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, all Green Line trains will single track between U Street and Georgia Ave-Petworth stations. The single tracking is expected to continue during the Friday morning rush hour.
  • Green Line trains will run less frequently than normal while single tracking is in effect. Customers should allow additional travel time and expect crowding conditions during the Friday morning commute.
  • Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square, rather than Fort Totten, until the repairs are completed.
  • Metro said it expects work to be completed by Friday afternoon, when normal service will be restored.

Alternate Options

Metro suggested the following alternates for Green Line commuters:

  • Red Line service between Fort Totten and Downtown DC
  • Metrobus S-line service along 16th Street NW
  • Metrobus 50/59 service along 14th Street NW
  • Metrobus 70/79 service along Georgia Ave NW/7th Street NW
  • MARC train service between Greenbelt and Union Station
  • DC Circulator between Columbia Heights and McPherson Square

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