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Metro: Platform Improvement Project

The Basics

These six stations will be closed for full platform reconstruction and infrastructure improvements from Saturday, May 25th to Sunday, September 8:

  • Braddock Rd
  • King St–Old Town
  • Van Dorn St
  • Franconia-Springfield
  • Eisenhower Ave
  • Huntington

The summer 2019 closures are part of Metro's three-year Platform Improvement Project that will completely reconstruct the outdoor platforms at 20 Metrorail stations, making platforms safer and more accessible for ustomers with disabilities, while also addressing safety concerns and longstanding structural issues.

Delegate Sickles says, "I know this is going to be a long summer for riders of the 43rd District. Please try the bus services. We will get through this. This project is important to maintain safety. I was shocked to see the platform a month or so ago at the Braddock Road Station when I stepped out of the door. Someone could easily trip and fall."

 

 

Alternative Transportation Options

Rail service south of Reagan National Airport will be replaced by five free shuttle routes, and parking will be free at all stations in the affected area with Metro parking – Van Dorn St, Franconia-Springfield and Huntington stations. In addition, state and local transportation agencies have established a robust travel alternative network to help residents navigate the rail shutdown. This includes additional service on local Metrobus, DASH, Fairfax Connector, and OmniRide routes, as well as service on Virginia Railway Express, Amtrak, and more. Visit wmata.com/platforms for additional project information and travel alternatives. 

 

Reagan National Airport

Only Metro's Blue Line Shuttle will stop at the airport. Customers on the Yellow Line Shuttle should transfer to Blue Line Shuttle at King St–Old Town Station. Service will operate on a normal schedule for passengers traveling north of the airport.

"With terminal construction continuing at the airport, we encourage passenges to use public transit when catching their flight at Reagan National this summer," said Reagan National Airport Manager Paul Malandrino. He warns that driving on airport roadways can become congested during peak summer travel season and encourages travelers to use alternative forms of transportation.

 

Metro

"As a region, we have been preparing for the start of this major capital project for more than a year, and the partnership with Northern Virginia has yielded a robust network of travel alternatives," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Metro General Manger/CEO. "Customers have many good options, but I encourage everyone to take the time to study the shuttle options, learn more about the bus routes that serve your neighborhood, and then be prepared to add an extra half hour to your regular travel time."

 

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has secured $4.4 million in funding (with $3.65 million provided by the Commonwealth) for additional local bus services, reduced-fare VRE commuter and Amtrak passenger rail services, alternative transportation options including bike share and ferry service, and highway/operational improvements. DRPT worked alongside state and regional partners to develop these supplememtal local public transite strategies to complete the Metro plan.