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WMATA to wrap up summer maintenance work, reopen 4 stations early


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) yesterday announced four Green Line stations will reopen Sept. 2, marking the completion of major summer maintenance work ahead of schedule and under budget.

The stations are Greenbelt, College Park-University of Maryland, Hyattsville Crossing and West Hyattsville. While the stations were closed, crews installed more than 21,000 linear feet of fiber-optic cable to improve radio and signal capabilities and provide the infrastructure necessary for future upgrades such as communications-based train control, according to a WMATA press release.

Because the cables are housed in the middle of the two tracks, construction crews could only complete the work while both tracks were out of service.

During the fiber-optic cable installation, crews also replaced 8,000 feet of rail, 900 rail fasteners, 1,250 wood crossties and resurfaced 20,000 feet of track, which will improve the ride quality for customers through this section of the system. Crews also removed 60,000 feet of vegetation along the tracks, which will improve safety by providing a clear line of sight for train operators and maintenance workers.

The Green Line work caps off an intensive summer construction effort that started in May to upgrade infrastructure necessary to maintain safe and reliable service for customers, WMATA officials said.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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