Weekend Metro closures, delays continue

Metro is kicking off yet another round of repair work on the system’s aging tracks and infrastructure, and riders should expected significant delays.

As part of the changes, customers will be provided free shuttle bus service around the work area instead of their{ }usual single-tracking method.

This weekend, beginning at 10 p.m., bus service will run between the West and East Falls Church stations while construction is done to connect the new rail line out of Dulles{ }to the existing Metrorail system.

The goal is new approach is to get the repairs done quicker.

Metro officials say this will allow trains to operate more normally outside the work zone, inconveniencing fewer customers.

The work will enable Metro to complete repairs recommended by the NTSB about 18 months sooner, and will continue on the weekends{ }over the next year.

Delays will also affect the Red, Blue and Yellow lines this weekend. On the red line, trains will share one track between Dupont Circle and Judiciary Square to allow for ceiling repairs at Farragut North.

Blue and Yellow line trains will also share one track between the Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street stations as crews do rail work.

Next weekend, the same bus service is scheduled in Arlington and at east Falls Church. On the weekend of August 6 and 7th, there will a bus service provided between Bethesda and Rockville.

Metro has released a calendar detailing all major track work through the next fiscal year. See the calendar here.{ }

Metro says customers traveling through the work zone should add 30 minutes to their travel time.