Metro work to close Red Line between Silver Spring and Fort Totten

The Dupont Circle Metro station is a busy Red Line stop. (Susann Shin/The Current/April 2017)

Repair work will close a stretch of the Red Line from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, with buses replacing trains between the Silver Spring and Fort Totten stations, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The Takoma station will close.

The four-mile closure is primarily aimed at rebuilding the area known as an “interlocking,” where trains can switch between tracks. Metro will also use the closure period to replace rail ties, upgrade signals, install 800 feet of new rail, mitigate leaks and install new power cables, according to a news release.

Metro advises riders that although free shuttle buses will be available between Fort Totten and Silver Spring, the best option is to use another transit option during the work period.

The project will reduce service frequency elsewhere on the Red Line, though primarily north of Silver Spring in Maryland. In the District, trains will run every five minutes during peak periods, every 10 minutes at other times during the day and every 15 minutes after 9:30 p.m. Metro will also fully close the Red Line north of Fort Totten on the weekend of Dec. 2 and 3.

The project is taking place between Thanksgiving and Christmas due to reduced ridership during the holiday period, the release states. It affects six weekend days and 10 weekdays.