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If there was any doubt that the holidays are over, here's a sad wake-up call — WMATA is back with its announcements of track work. I expect the transit agency is hoping to take advantage of these few weeks between Thanksgiving and winter holidays to get some major work done, and it's already evident in a new announcement from this morning.
On this coming weekend of December 2 to 4, expect a whopping six Metro stations to close: Brookland, Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont. As WMATA employees add rail and replace fasteners, there'll be plenty of other little changes, too. Don't expect any Red Line service at Fort Totten, for instance. There'll be plenty of single-tracking on different lines during the week. What this track work robs commuters of, as always, is time. People using shuttle buses on the Red Line should expect "30 minutes of additional travel time," people on the Orange Line should expect "20 minutes of additional travel time." And God forbid you have to use both lines. Track work has become so common as part of Metro's six-year, $5 billion plan that I rarely feel compelled to dissect it on a regular basis but we're all a little dazed from Thanksgiving — perhaps you need a reminder. The agency also announces that several changes to bus routes are coming on December 18.
More details on the track work here. Welcome home, D.C.