Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Metro Center red line metro platforms close this weekend

(WJLA) - If you plan to take Metro this weekend, allow for extra time – especially if you plan on riding the Red Line.

Work on the Red Line begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and runs through Sunday. It will involve closing three major stations: Dupont Circle, Farragut North, and Metro Center.

All riders will need to get off and take shuttle buses that will run between Woodley Park and Gallery Place.

Meanwhile, Orange and Green Line trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule and the Blue and Yellow Line trains will run every 20 minutes.

On the Yellow Line, works begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, and runs through Sunday. Metro plans to close all Yellow Line stops north of Mount Vernon Square through Fort Totten.

However, there is an easy alternative – at Mount Vernon, riders continuing north can use all Green Line trains to complete their trip.

Officials say it’s all part of Metro’s $5.5 billion upgrade, which when finished, will include new rails, ties, platforms, escalators, signals, and more. This weekend, workers will focus on ceilings as well as communication and signal upgrades.

And come Sunday, there is the price hike.

"It didn't seem like too much, I think 10 cents? I guess I was expecting more, but I do wish we got more for what we are paying," says rider Kirah Rawls.

"Me personally, I've been forced to ride my bike a lot more..." counters Chris Jones.