- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro’s nine-month maintenance surge will soon affect riders on the heavily traveled red line for the first time.

Starting on Monday, trains will be sharing a single track in both directions between the Silver Spring and Takoma stations, disrupting the commute for thousands of Maryland residents. The single-tracking will last for one week.

On Wednesday, Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld will join officials from Montgomery County, the District of Columbia and Takoma Park at a news conference to discuss what riders should expect. Commuters are being strongly encouraged to find other ways to get to work.

So far, Virginia commuters have been more broadly affected by the shutdowns and single-tracking involved in Metro’s maintenance surge, which started in June.

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