Part of Red Line will close for nine days

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Mar­tine Pow­ers

The west­ern end of the Red Line will shut down for nine days start­ing June 17 for Metro’s last SafeTrack surge on a five-mile stretch be­tween the Shady Grove and Twin­brook sta­tions, the agency an­nounced.

Dur­ing that pe­riod, the Shady Grove and Rockville sta­tions will be closed to train ser­vice. In­stead, shut­tle buses will carry riders from those sta­tions to the Twin­brook sta­tion, where they will be able to board in­bound Red Line trains. It’s the sec­ond time that Metro has tar­geted this stretch of tracks as part of the SafeTrack re­pair project: In Au­gust, the agency had 13 days of week­day sin­gle-track­ing and week­end shut­downs as part of Surge No. 7.

Metro of­fi­cials are sug­gest­ing that riders who usu­ally ar­rive at the Shady Grove or Rockville sta­tions in­stead board at the Twin­brook, White Flint or Grosvenor-Strath­more sta­tions.

“Else­where on the Red Line, trains will run at near-nor­mal in­ter­vals,” Metro said in a state­ment.

Surge No. 16 — and the en­tire year-long SafeTrack pro­gram — is sched­uled to end June 25. That is also the date when Metro’s new fare in­creases kick in, along with a slew of changes to bus ser­vices and a mod­i­fied sched­ule that cuts rail ser­vice hours on nights and week­ends.

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