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LIST | Metro's summer 2023 projects to temporarily close some Maryland, Virginia stations

WJLA – Washington D.C. 5 days ago Tom Roussey & 7News Staff
LIST | Metro's summer 2023 projects to temporarily close some Maryland, Virginia stations
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A shocker from Metro Tuesday morning that will likely frustrate a lot of riders -- some Maryland and Virginia stations will face temporary shutdowns due to its "enhanced maintenance work" during summer 2023.

Stations on Green Line in Maryland and the Orange Line in Virginia that just saw months-long summer shutdowns in the past few years will be shut down again this summer.

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Metro says its summer projects will focus on customer and reliability upgrades to modernize the transit system. Maintenance work includes rail replacement, fiber optic cable installation, improved station facilities and upgraded customer information.

“Continued maintenance work is essential to safe and reliable rail service,” said Andy Off, Executive Vice President of Infrastructure, in a statement. “We are working strategically to target maintenance locations and minimize the impacts on customers as we conduct this critical work to upgrade systems, improve reliability, and modernize station facilities.”

Below are Metro's five major projects for the summer:

  1. Complete station roofing project on the Orange Line in coordination with PEPCO
  2. Replace 30 miles of steel rail in the area most susceptible to breakage
  3. Install fiber-optic cable to modernize communications and enable technology to increase work time during non-passenger hours
  4. Modernize customer information displays on platforms in the downtown transfer stations
  5. Begin escalator replacement and elevator rehabilitation at the Dupont Circle Station north entrance (located at Q St. and Connecticut Ave.)
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Four Green Line stations in Prince George's County were closed in the summer of 2021 for platform work -- now they'll close again from July 22 to September 4 for fiber optic cable work.

On the Orange Line, there will be no service between West Falls Church and Vienna from early June to mid-July to replace the steel rail - that same section was closed in summer of 2020.

Metro expects to provide shuttle buses to replace trains during the shutdowns, just as it did when the stations were previously closed.

There will also be a shorter shutdown from June 3 - June 26 between Ballston and West Falls Church and between Ballston and McLean on the Silver Line.  During that time all Silver Line riders will have to take shuttle buses between McLean and Ballston.

The work requires four service disruptions to be staged as follows: 

  • May 12 to May 22: 10-day Single Tracking from Stadium-Armory to Cheverly stations
  • June 3 to June 26: 23-day Shutdown from Ballston to McLean and Vienna stations
  • June 27 to July 17: Shutdown continues from West Falls Church to Vienna stations for an additional 21 days
  • July 22 to Sept. 4:  44-day Shutdown from Fort Totten to Greenbelt

In addition to the shutdowns, Metro says it will advance two projects to modernize stations and make customer improvements:

  • New passenger information displays will be installed at three downtown transfer stations: Metro Center, Gallery Place, and L'Enfant stations.
  • The installation of three new escalators and a newly rehabilitated elevator at ridership Circle’s north entrance, located at Dupont St. and Connecticut Ave., will begin in late July or early August. The project will be completed in two phases. During the first phase, one elevator and one escalator will be replaced (leaving two escalators in operations – one up and one down). During the second phase, the two remaining escalators will be replaced (leaving one brand new escalator running up and a newly rehabbed elevator operating with twice the capacity of the old elevator).

For more information, go here.

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