Yellow line reopens after eight months of repairs

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The release states that trains on the Yellow Line will begin leaving every eight minutes daily beginning in June.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority reopened the Yellow Line Sunday after nearly eight months of repairs.

Officials announced last month the reopening of the line, which provides a faster, “more direct” connection from the Huntington station in Virginia through Reagan National Airport to the Greenbelt station in Maryland. For the first month of operation, Yellow Line trains will operate every eight minutes on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. and every 12 minutes all other times, according to a Friday release.

The release states that trains will begin leaving every eight minutes daily starting in June.

“This was incredibly difficult work, with construction crews working around the clock to reconstruct the steel lined tunnel and repair the bridge,” Metro General Manager and CEO Randy Clarke said in the release. “The tunnel today is like new again and built to last for decades to come.”

Construction crews began working Sep. 10 on a $384 million project to replace expansion joints, bridge bearings, and steel plates on the line’s bridge and tunnel across the Potomac, according to the release.

The line’s current train service is a 60 percent increase from last fall’s service, according to the release.

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