Construction to Close Portion of Red Line For Most of Summer 2024

Courtesy WMATA

Starting in summer 2024, construction will begin on a new mezzanine at Silver Spring Station to provide access between Metro and the future Purple Line, which will be owned and operated by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). A portion of the Red Line will be closed due to construction this summer.

This new mezzanine will connect the Metro station platform with the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center and the future Purple Line Station. It will also enhance connections for Metro, MARC Train, and bus customers.

The Purple Line work requires Silver Spring Station to close for several months. Knowing the closure would be necessary, Metro coordinated with MTA to schedule additional improvements and upgrades, including critical maintenance between Glenmont and Fort Totten. The extended closure on the Red Line will allow us to complete this work in conjunction with the closure necessary for the Purple Line, rather than multiple disruptive closures of smaller segments on the Red Line.

Per WMATA: “The Red Line will be closed between Glenmont and Takoma from Saturday, June 1, through Saturday, August 31, 2024. The closure will extend to Fort Totten through Saturday, June 29, 2024. During the Red Line closure, we’ll perform essential maintenance, safety repairs, and upgrades to improve your experience. Here’s a look at the work we’re doing this summer:

  • Smoother rides: We’re replacing rail and track, upgrading signals and switches, and performing track maintenance to deliver a smoother and more comfortable journey.
  • Easier access to information: New, clearer digital screens will provide you with easy-to-read information about train arrivals and departures.
  • Reliable elevators and escalators: We’ll perform maintenance on elevators and escalators to ensure they run smoothly and reliably.
  • Station improvements: We’re refreshing stations with new signage, doors, and sidewalk repairs to create a more pleasant experience
  • Advanced connectivity: We’re installing new fiber-optic cables to enhance signal and communication systems, paving the way for future advancements.
  • Brighter lighting: We’re installing new, brighter platform and tunnel lighting for improved visibility.”


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