Red Line Construction Wraps Up One Day Ahead of Schedule: “Opening Early and Under Budget”

Courtesy of WMATA

Metro  announced that Red Line construction between the Dupont Circle and Gallery Place stations will be completed early and $250,000 under budget, following construction for critical tunnel repairs and infrastructure upgrades. Normal Red Line service will resume one day earlier than planned, starting at 7 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 30.

Per WMATA: With the Red Line work completed, the weekend will be free of any scheduled track work going into New Year’s Eve when train service systemwide will be extended to 2 a.m. to accommodate workers and revelers ringing in the new year. In addition, 24/7 DC bus service is now available on 14 routes for those in the District traveling after the rail system closes.

Service on the Red Line has been suspended since Monday, Dec. 18, to repair the deteriorating concrete beams and ceiling that date to the system’s original construction. Additionally, the work zone was extended Dec. 22-24 with no Red Line service between Gallery Place and Union Station. Free shuttle buses replaced trains during construction, providing more than 172,000 passenger trips to date between the affected stations.

“We appreciate all of our customers, businesses, the District and the effort our Metro staff who worked through the holidays to get this critical work done,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke. “Maintaining the safety and reliability of the system is vital. Thanks to Mayor Bowser and the District Department of Transportation, we were able to use special dedicated bus lanes created for this project to minimize the impact to customers.”

Construction Highlights

  • Metro’s construction team used more than eight tons of concrete and 466 pounds of rebar to rebuild the Red Line tunnel ceiling to prevent concrete from falling onto trains.
  • The team replaced 3,159 linear feet of running rail between Farragut North and Metro Center.
  • Workers installed 1,152 lights for the new platform edge lighting between Farragut North and Judiciary Sq with brighter, more sustainable LED lights.
  • Added extra insulation to the third rail power cables between Gallery Place and Judiciary Square to provide a moisture barrier of the electrified third rail, which powers the trains.
  • To prepare for its next generation train signaling system, Metro installed 15,914 linear feet of fiber optic cables between Farragut North and Judiciary Sq.

The Red Line construction is part of Metro’s 10-year, $15 billion Capital Improvement Program, investing in system safety, reliability, and the region’s economy. The capital program will improve the customer experience and keep the region’s infrastructure in a state of good repair. In spending local taxpayer dollars for capital projects, Metro is reinvesting in our hometown economy, creating jobs, and encouraging participation from disadvantaged, minority-owned, and small businesses in the region.

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