Metro to curtail northern Va. service for maintenance

VIENNA, Va. (AP) — Metro riders in northern Virginia are preparing for an autumn of discontent.

The Washington-area subway system is starting the longest service disruption of its nine-month maintenance blitz. From Thursday through Oct. 26, trains will share a single track in both directions between the Vienna and West Falls Church stations.

Vienna is the western end of the orange line and a starting point for thousands of commuters into Washington, with some of Metro’s biggest parking garages. Although it will be possible to board a train there, they won’t run often, and they’ll be crowded. Metro is strongly urging riders to make alternate plans.

Crews will be rebuilding tracks as part of an effort to catch up on decades of deferred maintenance and improve the safety and reliability of the 40-year-old system.

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