Metro Rail Repair Project

Single Tracking

What you need to know:

  • Since August 30, we have been single tracking overnight (after 9 pm). This means that inbound and outbound trains must both use the same track.
  • We are currently running a normal Metro Rail schedule, but your boarding platform may change. When Metro is using one track, it will follow the Single Tracking Schedule.
  • Your usual platform may be blocked off with barriers. If so, follow signs to the correct boarding platform.
  • Periodically, we will have to do single tracking 24 hours a day for about a week at a time. When that happens, the schedule will change. We will provide at least 1 week’s notice when this happens.

The big picture:

  • Between August 30, 2020 and March 2021, you can expect to see construction on the tracks between Allen-Medical Campus Station and University Station.
  • As part of this important project, contractors will be replacing the rail, the concrete pads under the rail, and the fasteners (which connect the rail to the concrete pad). They will also do repairs on the tunnels and vents.
  • This is the first time since the Metro Rail was built that we have replaced this section of track.
  • In order to do this work, we must close the part of the tunnel where the contractors are working. When the tunnel is closed, we do “single tracking” which means that trains in both directions must use the other tunnel.
  • For most of the project, single tracking will be overnight and will not impact the Metro Rail schedule. However, there will be weeks when we will have to do single tracking 24 hours a day, which will impact the Metro Rail schedule. We will inform riders at least one week in advance.
  • We apologize for any inconvenience that this construction may cause to riders, but the work is necessary to keeping the Metro Rail running.
  • Thank you to State Senator Tim Kennedy and New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes for securing state funding for these vital repairs to our Metro Rail system.


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