Partial shutdown impacting Metro Red Line

he Metro Red Line will shut down between Silver Spring and Fort Totten and will keep the Takoma station closed starting Saturday until December 10.

SILVER SPRING, MD. (WUSA9) - The Metro Red Line is shut down between Silver Spring and Fort Totten and will keep the Takoma station closed until December 10.

Starting November 25 through December 10, Red line trains will not operate between Silver Spring and Fort Totten, according to WMATA. Takoma station will be closed for a major capital improvement project. 

Officials said the work will involve replacing a mainline interlocking, which is a place where trains cross from one track to the other. 

The Red line will run in two segments: between Shady Grove and Fort Totten and between Glenmont and Silver Spring.  

On December 2-3 the work will also include Glenmont in order to install radio communication cables and additional preventive maintenance. Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen and Silver Spring stations will also be closed. 

Officials said that the project will also include replacing of rail ties, eliminating joints and installing new rails along the four-mile section of tracks. 

There were will be fewer Red line trains during the project. Riders should allow for extra travel time. 

Keep the following in mind: 
•    No Red Line trains between Silver Spring and Fort Totten November 25 - December 10. Limited free shuttle buses will be available at all times between stations. 
•    Takoma Station closed. No parking available. The Park & Ride lot, Kiss & Ride and all metered parking spaces will be closed to the public.
•    Customers should allow extra travel time and expect some crowding as trains will arrive less frequently than normal. 
•    On the weekend of December 2-3, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont will also be closed. Limited free shuttles will be available between stations. 
 

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