Metro track work hits on Sunday night

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Metro riders on the Blue and Red lines may have had an unpleasant surprise Sunday night when trains starting to share a single track in two areas for "scheduled track work" -- despite an announcement from Metro earlier in the week that track work would be limited to the Green Line over the weekend.

Well, turns out it depends on how one defines weekend.

Metro typically views Friday and Saturday nights as weekend nights, said Metro spokesman Philip Stewart, but Sunday night functions as a weeknight as the track work window bleeds into Monday morning. "The track work that took place last night was the routine 'weeknight' track work -- same as all last week and most of this week," he said. "In the absence of major weekend projects, this work was slotted onto Sunday night to take advantage of an available work window. The impact to customers was minimal."

But the blog FixWMATA.com complained about the track work that ran between Stadium-Armory and Capitol Heights on the Blue Line and between Medical Center and Friendship Heights on the Red. An e-mail alert went out to riders around 11 p.m.

"In what world is Sunday a weeknight?" FixWMATA blogger Chris Barnes told The Washington Examiner. "If they choose to live in another world they need to better communicate with those of us in this one."

Metro now notes that next Sunday night - when it will be offering an extra hour of service for the Redskins-Cowboys game that begins at 8:20 p.m. -- trains will be sharing a single track between Friendship Heights and Medical Center after 8 p.m. on the Red Line. And riders can expect track work on the Red and Blue lines on Wednesday and Thursday nights starting at 8 p.m., as well.

kweir@washingtonexaminer.com

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Kytja Weir

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