This past week, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), re-instated the blue and yelllow rail service and opened all of the stations along each line. To my commuters who have survied the summer: thank you for your patience. I hope the new facilities are visually appealing as well as safer. As a frequent rider, I am happy to have service back!
The following stations have reopened after the platform reconstruction project and updates to metro facilities: Braddock Rd, King Street, Van Dorn St, Franconia-Springfield, Esienhower Ave and Huntington.
There are a still a few important things to keep in mind:
- Metro will no longer run shuttle buses from the stations; however, some shuttles will remain on standby in the event of a disruption. In addition, regular parking fees have resumed.
- At Franconia-Springfield and Huntington stations, customer will board all trains from one side of the platform.
- At Huntington station's north entrance, fare vending machines will not be available for approximately three weeks. A mobile commuter store will be located in the messanine weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At other times, customers can load their cards online or access machines on the south side of the station.
- At Huntington station, the walkway between the Huntington North garage and Huntington 3 (middle) garage will remain closed.
- Some passenger information displays may not be operational in the first days of service. Customers should listen for announcements from Metro employees or visit wmata.com for next train information, service status and trip planning.
- Kiss & Ride lots being used as construction staging areas will remain closed and bus stops will remain in temporary locations into the fall at Braddock Rd, Esienhower Ave, Huntington North, King Street, and Van Dorn St stations.