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Thousands of people are expected to attend the University of Maryland, College Park, commencement Sunday — but they won’t be able to take a Metro train into the city.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is closing its Green Line stations at Prince George’s Plaza in Hyattsville, College Park and Greenbelt from 10 p.m. Friday until Monday morning to conduct heavy maintenance work on the rail line, the Metro announced on its website.

WMATA will be replacing miles of track, constructing a new test track and doing other maintenance, Metro spokesperson Caroline Lukas said.

“Weekends are the only time to really bang out this kind of intensive work,” Lukas said.

Lukas said the plans were announced in January, and every effort was made to let the public know of the scheduled maintenance.

According to Lukas, Metro usage to College Park during commencement was limited last year.

“We looked at ridership during last year’s commencement, and at the peak hour, there were only 262 people exiting the College Park station,” Lukas said.

To compensate, Metro will be providing free shuttle buses between the last operating stop, West Hyattsville, and the three closed stations. The shuttles will leave every couple of minutes.

“There should only be a 10- to 15-minute extra delay to the College Park station,” Lukas said.

More information can be found at www.wmata.com on its “Alerts and Advisories” page.