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Remember, D.C., WMATA will be running with reduced service starting Thursday night at 10 p.m. thanks to the federal holiday of Veterans Day. Despite the cosmic awesomeness that is 11/11/11, the numbers don't spell smooth commuting for the rest of us who still have to trudge to work.
WMATA has no hesitation about taking advantage of these federal holidays to further their $5 billion Capital Improvement Project repairs, which the transit agency has been aggressively pursuing throughout the fall. It seems like not a weekend goes by without Metro stations closed and single-tracking somewhere. I took the free shuttle buses that connected closed Metro stations on Columbus Day not too long ago, and I'm happy to report that they at least run relatively smoothly. And now, here we go again, commuters. Expect the Green Line service to be split, lots of shuttle buses, and four stations (Waterfront, Navy Yard, Anacostia and Congress Heights) closed.
Here, courtesy of WMATA, is what to expect on what for Thursday through Sunday night:
Green and Yellow Line – from 10 p.m., Thursday through closing on Sunday
* From 10 p.m., Thursday, November 10, through closing on Sunday, November 13, buses will replace Green Line trains between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue stations to allow for NTSB-recommended switch replacement.
* Four stations will be closed: Waterfront, Navy Yard, Anacostia and Congress Heights.
* Green Line trains will operate in two sections -- between Greenbelt and Huntington and between Branch Avenue and Southern Avenue.
* Free "local" shuttle bus service will operate between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue with stops at Waterfront, Navy Yard, Anacostia and Congress Heights.
* Free "express" shuttle bus service will operate between L’Enfant Plaza and Southern Avenue with an intermediate stop at Anacostia.
* Last trains through the work zone:
• Northbound: Departs from Branch Ave. at 9:25 pm, L’Enfant at 9:44 pm, arriving Greenbelt at 10:12 pm.
• Southbound: Departs from Greenbelt at 9:11 pm, Southern Ave at 9:50 pm, arriving Branch Ave at 9:58 pm.
* The last train will depart Branch Avenue 20 minutes earlier than usual—at 11:04 p.m. on Thursday night, 2:04 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 11:04 p.m. on Sunday night.
* Customers using shuttle buses should allow 30 minutes of additional travel time.
* Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Greenbelt throughout the weekend.
* Normal rail service will resume on Monday, November 14.
Shady Grove and Rockville Stations – from 11 p.m. Saturday through system closing
* Shady Grove and Rockville stations will close at 11 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, to allow for necessary signal system repairs.
* Free shuttle buses will operate between Shady Grove and Twinbrook with a stop at the Rockville.
* Customers using shuttle buses should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.
* The two affected stations will reopen for service at 7 a.m. Sunday, November 13.