Red Line riders intending to travel between Glenmont and D.C. must continue to take a shuttle bus or seek alternate means to reach Fort Totten station, while workers continue efforts to replace the Takoma station track crossover.
The replacement project – which started Nov. 25 and is scheduled to continue through Dec. 10 – requires shuttle buses to replace train service between Silver Spring and Takoma stations, and between Takoma and Fort Totten stations.
“It’s a 16-day window; hopefully it’s not as much of an impact, given the season,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said on Nov. 16.
Additional Red Line stations will close this weekend for further capital projects, including radio cable installation and power cable replacement, Metro officials said. Riders should expect fewer trains and some crowding on the Red Line this weekend. Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen and Silver Spring stations will close Dec. 2 and Dec. 3.
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Silver Spring resident Charlie Hoffman (who identifies as non-binary and prefers the pronouns they/them) said they had to wait 20 minutes for a shuttle bus from Silver Spring station to Fort Totten station Monday. Hoffman’s trip then took 40 minutes, for a total of 60 minutes of extra travel time.
Also, Hoffman was not aware of the shutdown until they arrived at Silver Spring station Monday.
“It was really frustrating to get to the station and find out the train wasn’t running,” said Hoffman. “I already have a long commute to Virginia, so adding an hour to it made it pretty unbearable. And it was definitely not a great way to start off a Monday after a long holiday weekend.”
Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly said the delays Monday were due to a crash in the area, which was beyond bus drivers’ control.
“Red Line shuttle buses this morning encountered delays as a result of a motor-vehicle accident at Eastern Avenue and Georgia Avenue,” said Ly. “Unfortunately, buses got caught up in the resulting traffic, which led to customers waiting for bus service during the morning commute. Once shuttles arrived, customers were able to board and the lines quickly dissipated. Also, several additional articulated buses from the Metrobus fleet were pressed into shuttle service to help clear the lines.”
The Takoma station shutdown is the second of three crossover replacements in Metrorail for the fiscal year 2018.
Wiedefeld told the Metro Board of Directors back in June that the then-proposed Takoma interlocking project and two others would disrupt commutes for some riders.
The Red Line is the oldest rail line in the D.C. Metrorail system. Metro officials have said the Red Line is the most popular line on Metrorail.
Red Line service schedule:
Now through Dec. 10: buses replace trains between Silver Spring and Fort Totten stations; Takoma station closed. Trains operate between Shady Grove and Fort Totten, and between Glenmont and Silver Spring.
Saturday Dec. 2 and Sunday Dec. 3: Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen and Silver Spring as well as Takoma station will be closed. Red Line service will be reduced, which may cause crowding.