Major Delays in August on Orange/Blue/Silver Metro

McPherson Square, Farragut West Closed Weekends During Work

Riders wait for an arriving train at Capitol South Station. Construction on the Organe, SIlver and Blue lines, serviced by the station will severely limit service between August 11 and August 26. Photograph: WMATA/Larry Levine

WMATA is advising Metrorail riders to seek alternative transportation during August trackwork on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

For 16 consecutive days from August 11 to August 26, (including 10 commuting days) Metro will conduct around the clock construction on a segment of the Orange, Blue and Silver lines resulting in limited capacity, crowding and delays.

Metro deliberately chose a period of when ridership is lighter to undertake the work.

The project is needed to address the tightest curve in the Metrorail system, which is between McPherson Square and Smithsonian stations. Crews will rebuild the track infrastructure, including installation of new rail and fasteners, and make repairs to the concrete pads that support the rails.

Crews will work on each track for approximately one week at a time so that single-track service can be maintained.

Due to the single tracking between McPherson Square and Smithsonian, Orange and Silver line trains will operate every 20 minutes at all times of the day resulting in extensive delays and crowding.

Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery; additional Yellow Line trains will provide service during rush hour between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt.

On the weekends of August 11-12 and 25-26, Farragut West and McPherson Square will be closed. On those weekends Metro Center will only serve red line trains. Free shuttle bus service will be provided.

Riders should note that the Metrorail shutdown between NoMa-Gallaudet U and Fort Totten stations that began July 21 will be in effect until Monday, September 3.