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Expect to take a shuttle to Reagan National Airport this weekend: Metro trackwork March 1-3

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Local,Liz Essley,Metro,Metro and Traffic

The Green Line will be spared the weekend of March 1-3, but riders on all of Metro's other lines can expect delays due to track work starting at 10 p.m. Friday night.

Travelers trying to catch a flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport should plan to take a Metro shuttle or find another way to get there, as the rail station there will be closed for track repairs. The transit agency is rebuilding the rail system in the wake of the 2009 Red Line crash that killed nine people.

Riders can expect delays on the following lines:

• On the Red Line, three stations -- Rhode Island Ave, Brookland and Fort Totten -- will be closed. So riders will have to take shuttles instead of trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma, a journey Metro expects will add an extra 40 minutes to riders' travel times. Trains will run every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and every 15 minutes during early morning and late evening.

• On the Blue and Yellow lines, shuttle buses will replace trains between Crystal City and Braddock Road, since the airport stop will be closed. Expect to take the Metro shuttle and add 15 minutes to your travel time if you want to get to the airport. Trains will run elsewhere on the Blue and Yellow lines every 16 minutes before 9 p.m., and every 20 minutes after that.

• On the Orange Line, trains will single-track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church as crews test the Silver Line, as well as between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Trains will run every 24 minutes throughout the weekend, Metro warns.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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