Metro Rail single tracking for DL&W Catenary Work
NFTA and the DL&W Station Rail System and Site Work Project contractor plan catenary system structure installation work this weekend, Saturday, January 15, 2022 through Monday, January 17, 2022. Work on replacing the high-voltage catenary system requires a Metro Rail power shut down at the foot of Main, and Metro Rail will need to single track to maintain service. NFTA will adjust the power supply so the Canalside Metro Rail station will remain open during this work. There will be overnight work during this period but Canalside hotel guests and residents should not expect much interruption. Work will be near the DL&W yard and will generally be quiet with some equipment backup alarm noise from time to time.
Transfers between the surface section Metro Rail shuttle and underground service will continue at Fountain Plaza. 500 Block, Fountain Plaza and 600 Block automobile traffic will be modified to avoid conflict with Metro Rail trains traveling against traffic. Normal Metro Rail service will resume on Tuesday morning, January 18th.
NFTA and the DL&W contractor have scheduled most of the remaining catenary system replacement work. Three additional work sessions have been scheduled and at least one more session will be needed to complete this work.
Upcoming Catenary System installation work dates are:
- Sunday, January 23, 2022: One week-end day (Sunday) for completion of installation of the new catenary support structure. The Canalside Metro Rail station will be closed and Metro Rail patrons will walk a few minutes from the Seneca Station.
- Monday, January 31st through Thursday, February 3, 2022: Four week days (Monday thru Thursday) to extend the new overhead catenary wires from the yard out to Main Street and connect to the existing system. The Canalside Metro Rail station will remain open.
- Monday, February 7th through Thursday, February 10, 2021: Four week days (Monday thru Thursday) to complete extending the new overhead catenary wires from the yard out to Main Street and connect to the existing system. The Canalside Metro Rail station will remain open.