This Friday night at 10:00pm, WMATA is closing the Shaw, U Street and Columbia Heights metro stations on the Yellow and Green lines for a weekend-long work period that will run through Monday’s Columbus Day holiday. In addition, trains will be replaced with buses between East and West Falls Church for work related to the Dulles extension. Shuttle buses will be in operation between Georgia Avenue and Mt. Vernon Square stations, so plan on spending some extra time on the bus to maneuver around the construction.
U Street will be receiving a new “Guarded #8” switch, which should fix a problem with low-speed derailment across a switch boundary, which is one of the NTSB recommendations after the accident of July 2009.
In addition to the closures, the last train from Greenbelt will be leaving 30 minutes earlier than normal, which means at 2am on Friday and Saturday, and 11pm on Sunday and Monday. Adjust your schedules accordingly.