Two Red Line stations will shut down over the weekend to reduce the amount of water that enters the tunnels, and therefore reduce risk of fires.
Medical Center and Bethesda stations will shut down Saturday and Sunday, and free shuttle buses will transport riders between Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center, Bethesda and Friendship Heights stations. Metro suggests riders allow 10 minutes more travel time for each shuttle bus stop on their trips. Metro communications asks riders to tap their SmarTrip cards as they enter and exit stations, and riders will be charged for a continuous trip.
Trains will travel every 10 minutes between Shady Grove and Grosvenor stations and between Friendship Heights and Glenmont stations.
Starting July 21, buses will replace trains on a separate Red Line segment for 45 days, through Sept. 3. The project requires the continuous shutdown of Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA stations.
Red Line riders can switch to the Green Line to avoid taking a shuttle bus – changing trains at Fort Totten station and then at Gallery Place-Chinatown station, or vice versa.
In August 2016, Metro management ordered two emergency shutdowns at Rhode Island Avenue station in one weekend after riders reported concrete and a metal bracket falling from the ceiling, and then concrete falling from another part of the ceiling 40 feet away. Outside engineers then visually inspected the station, and workers repaired the structure. Crews installed nets to the station ceilings and a bus shelter to catch debris that might fall.
The emergency shutdowns happened during SafeTrack, the year of long-term maintenance and repairs.
Metro management added work on the station to a subsequent long-term project, or “safety surge,” during SafeTrack. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said during a press conference preceding the safety surge that additional debris that fell from the ceiling was caught by the nets.
Blue, Orange, and Silver Line riders will see reduced service Aug. 11 through Aug. 26, while trains continuously single-track in a segment for a 10-day period. Workers will replace pieces of rail and rail fasteners and repair concrete pads under the rails, according to a news release. Trains will operate on a single track between Smithsonian and McPherson Square stations, where the track is curved. Metro communications will distribute more detailed service information closer to the start of the project.