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WMATA's new calendar details major trackwork schedule


Yesterday, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) unveiled a calendar that details the schedule for major trackwork planned through the remainder of the fiscal year.

The calendar establishes an accelerated work plan to address National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations and ensure projects are completed quickly and safely with as little inconvenience to riders as possible, WMATA officials said in a prepared statement.

Available online at, the calendar includes the date, affected stations, busing plans and a description of work for each scheduled project.

“It is our hope that the communities we serve will find this a useful tool when planning special events,” said WMATA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sarles.

A new trackwork approach calls for replacing trains with buses to minimize weekend inconveniences associated with out-of-service tracks. In the past, WMATA relied on weekend single tracking to operate trains around major trackwork areas, which caused service delays.

The approach will enable WMATA to complete NTSB-recommended track circuit replacement on the Red Line about 18 months sooner, officials said. WMATA still plans to use single-tracking to perform work for smaller projects on weekends, and during midday and late-night weekday hours.

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