Metro Green Line stations closed starting Friday night
Updated: May 5, 2012 - 12:20 am
A coalition of Metro riders is asking WMATA to ease up on work planned for this weekend.
The group says the work, which is slated to begin Friday, will cause huge problems for those planning to attend a number of events this weekend.
Among those events is Game 4 of the Capitals/Rangers Stanley Cup Playoff series, which starts Saturday at 12:30 at Verizon Center. Half an hour later, the Nationals are expecting a big crowd for a weekend match-up with the Philadelphia Phillies. But, it's getting to the games that could pose the biggest challenge.
Major track work will shut down an entire section of the Green Line in Maryland starting late Friday night.
Starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, Metro will close the Greenbelt, College Park, Prince George's Plaza and West Hyattsville stations for track rehabilitation. Green Line trains will only run between Fort Totten and Branch Avenue and riders are urged to add 50 minutes to their travel time.
Track work will also cause changes on the following lines:
Yellow Line: Trains will only operate between Mt. Vernon Square and Huntington. No Yellow Line trains will go to Fort Totten.
Red Line: Trains will single-track in two areas - between Forest Glen and Takoma and between Van Ness-UDC and Dupont Circle. Trains will only operate every 24 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, but will operate in 12-minute intervals between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. between Farragut North and New York Avenue.
Blue/Orange Line (D.C.): Single-tracking will occur between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory.
Orange Line (Virginia): Single-tracking will occur between West Falls Church and East Falls Church.
WMATA says delaying the weekend work would have a spiraling effect, resulting in unacceptable delays for urgently needed repairs.
Riders are advised to add an extra hour to their travel times.
"Gap trains" will operate from Gallery Place and Navy Yard to help ease the possibility of overcrowding. Some stations will also have additional staff members on hand to assist customers.
Those who plan to drive should also give themselves some extra time to make it to their destination.
Tips for getting to Verizon Center this weekend:
• The closest station is Navy Yard on Metro’s Green Line, but Capitol South on the Orange and Blue lines is a short walk (about 8 blocks or 0.8 miles) to the north of the ballpark. Blue and Orange line customers should consider walking from Capitol South to avoid transferring.
• Riders on the eastern end of the Red Line or northern end of the Green Line, may consider driving and parking at Fort Totten to connect with the Green Line.
• Those who drive and park also may consider parking at stations on the southern end of the Green Line. Anacostia station, for example, is one stop from Navy Yard, is conveniently located off of DC-295 and provides secure garage parking. Green Line service will operate normally between Branch Avenue and Fort Totten throughout the weekend.
• Metrobus routes that stop within walking distance include the 74, P1, P2, V8 and V9. The DC Circulator also is an option, especially for customers traveling from Union Station.
Tips for getting to Nationals Park this weekend
• The closest station is Gallery Place, served by Metro’s Red, Green and Yellow lines.
• Customers traveling from from Virginia should consider taking the Yellow Line for a direct trip Gallery Place. Yellow Line service will operate on normal weekend intervals between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square.
• Riders on the eastern end of the Red Line or northern end of the Green Line, can consider driving and parking at Fort Totten to connect with either the Red or Green lines.
• Customers from points south and east should consider Green Line stations south of downtown. Green Line service will operate normally between Branch Avenue and Fort Totten throughout the weekend.
• Blue and Orange line customers should consider walking from Metro Center to avoid transferring. Metro Center is about six blocks away from the arena.
• Many Metrobus routes stop nearby, including the 70, 74, X2, 80, P6, 42, D3 and D4. The DC Circulator also is an option.
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