Construction Affecting Red Line Service to Two Stations Starts Monday, Dec. 18

Metro is reminding Red Line customers to plan ahead for the last two weeks of December.

Per WMATA: On Monday, December 18, our team will begin a two-week construction project on the Red Line to perform critical safety repairs to the tunnel and track infrastructure, upgrade signal and communications systems, and install new platform edge lights.

To complete the work safely and efficiently, there will be no Red Line service between Dupont Circle and Gallery Place from Monday, Dec. 18 through Saturday, Dec. 30. Farragut North will be closed, and no Red Line service will be available at Metro Center (upper level). Normal service will operate on all other lines serving 97 of Metro’s 98 rail stations.

Trains on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines will continue to provide service to Metro Center. Customers will be able to access the station at both entrances on 12th Street NW, while the entrances on G Street NW at 11th and 13th streets will be closed to accommodate equipment and work crews.

Customers traveling to Gallery Place will be able to use the Red Line from Glenmont. The Yellow and Green lines will provide normal service.

During construction only Farragut North will be closed for the entire duration of the project and frequent shuttle buses will run to every station affected. This will allow convenient access to holiday shopping and entertainment downtown and throughout the city from all other stations including connections to Metro’s major transfer stations.

From Friday, Dec. 22 through Sunday, Dec. 24, Metro will extend the work zone with no Red Line service between Dupont Circle and Union Station. Farragut North and Judiciary Square stations will be closed and Red Line service will be unavailable on the upper level at Metro Center and Gallery Place. Additionally, the Gallery Place entrance at 9th & G streets NW will be closed.

Over the two-week period, Metro will repair the deteriorated concrete ceiling above both tracks, dating back to the Metro system’s earliest days. While completing these critical repairs, work crews will also complete other essential maintenance work to avoid future service disruptions.

Ridership is historically 40 percent lower during this time and completing the work with a small number of stations where Red Line service is unavailable will get the work done faster and affect fewer customers. In two weeks, Metro crews will be able to accomplish what would normally take three months if done on weekends.

To ensure customers are still able to get where they need to go, Metro is offering several travel alternatives in addition to available MARC, VRE, Commuter Bus and DC Circulator service.

Service Information and Travel Alternatives

Shuttle Service MapFree Shuttle Service

Shuttles will operate every 6-8 minutes during Metrorail operating hours:

December 18-21 and 25-30, 2023

  • No Red Line service between Dupont Circle and Gallery Place
  • Farragut North closed
  • Metro Center no Red Line service (upper level); Blue, Orange and Silver lines normal service
  • Trains will operate in two segments:
  • Between Shady Grove and Dupont Circle every 8 -10 minutes
  • Between Gallery Place and Glenmont every 10 -12 minutes
  • Free shuttle buses replace trains.

Shuttle 1: Express service between Dupont Circle and Gallery Place.

Boarding locations:

Dupont Circle – Boards at the station’s north entrance at Connecticut Ave & Q St NW
Gallery Place – Boards at the station’s north entrance at 7th & H streets NW (by Chinese Friendship Archway)*
*Wheelchair accessible vehicle available at 7th Street NW between F & G streets

Shuttle 2: Express service between Dupont Circle and Farragut West.

Boarding locations:

Dupont Circle – Boards at the station’s south entrance at 19th St & Dupont Circle NW
Farragut West – Boards at the station’s west entrance at 18th & I streets NW

Shuttle 3: Local service between Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Metro Center, and Gallery Place.

Boarding locations:

Dupont Circle – Boards at the station’s north Entrance at Connecticut Ave & Q St NW
Farragut North – Boards at station’s north entrance (by Mayflower Hotel) at Connecticut & L streets NW
Metro Center – Boards at the station’s north entrance at 12th & G streets NW
Gallery Place – Boards at the station’s north entrance at 7th & H streets NW (by Chinese Friendship Archway)*
*Wheelchair accessible vehicle available at 7th Street NW between F & G streets

The weekend of December 22-24, 2023

  • No Red Line service between Dupont Circle and Union Station
  • Farragut North and Judiciary Square closed
  • Metro Center: no Red Line service (upper level); Blue, Orange and Silver lines normal service
  • Gallery Place: no Red Line service (upper level); Green and Yellow lines normal service
  • Trains will operate in two segments:
  • Between Shady Grove and Dupont Circle every 8-10 minutes.
  • Between Union Station and Glenmont every 8-10 minutes.
  • Farragut North, Metro Center (upper level), Gallery Place (upper level), Judiciary Square closed
  • Free shuttle buses replace trains.

Shuttle 1: Express service every 6-8 minutes between Dupont Circle and Union Station.

Boarding locations:

Dupont Circle – Boards at the station’s north entrance at Connecticut Ave & Q St NW
Union Station – Boards at Massachusetts Ave & E St NE*
*Wheelchair accessible vehicle available at First & G streets NE entrance

Shuttle 2: Express service between Dupont Circle and Farragut West

Boarding locations:

Dupont Circle – Boards at the station’s north entrance at Connecticut Ave & Q St NW
Farragut West – Boards at the station’s west entrance at 18th & I streets NW

Shuttle 3: Local service between Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Sq, and Union Station.

Boarding locations:

Dupont Circle – Boards at the station’s north Entrance at Connecticut Ave & Q St NW
Farragut North – Boards at station’s north entrance (by Mayflower Hotel) at Connecticut & L streets NW
Metro Center – Boards at the station’s north entrance at 12th & G streets NW
Gallery Place – Boards at the station’s north entrance at 7th & H streets NW (by Chinese Friendship Archway)*
*Wheelchair accessible vehicle available at 7th Street NW between F & G streets
Judiciary Square – Boards at 4th & E streets NW
Union Station – Boards at Massachusetts Ave & E St NE
*Wheelchair accessible vehicle available at First & G streets NE entrance

Additional rail and bus options:

Virginia

Maryland

DC

A wheelchair accessible vehicle will be available at the same location as shuttle buses unless otherwise noted. Customers are also encouraged to consider regular route Metrobus service as an alternative and Red Line customers traveling to/from downtown Dec 22-24, may also consider transferring to/from the Green Line via Fort Totten.

For more information and a full list of travel alternatives, visit here.

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