In collaboration with regional officials and transportation agencies, Metro today released travel alternatives and a detailed project website - wmata.com/platforms - to help customers begin planning for this summer’s closure of the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements.
To expedite construction and minimize customer inconvenience, the six stations—Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield—will be closed from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, September 2, 2019, to allow for around-the-clock work. Metro plans an extensive network of free express and local shuttle bus services to help customers get around the region during construction.
The station 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 customers with disabilities, while also addressing safety concerns and longstanding structural issues.
“Thanks to the region’s investment in Metro safety and reliability, we are now able to get after these stations where there are structural deficiencies,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld. “To reduce the length of time riders are inconvenienced, we have incentivized the contractor to rebuild deteriorating concrete platforms using an aggressive construction approach that reduces the project duration and contains the service disruption as much as possible to provide normal rail service elsewhere on the system.”
Metro’s contractor, Kiewit, will work concurrently at all six stations this summer to expedite construction and ensure the stations are ready to reopen for customers after Labor Day. To minimize customer impact, crews plan to complete as much invasive work as possible while the stations are closed; however, construction activity may continue into the fall with crews working in designated areas that will be cordoned off from customer access.
Providing customers with personalized travel alternatives is the first step in a three-month countdown to help riders prepare for this summer’s station closures. Metro has developed a personalized tool to help riders navigate through the long-term station closures. By selecting their start and end stations, customers will receive specific recommended travel options for their trip. Earlier today, Metro emailed nearly 60,000 registered SmarTrip card holders who have entered or exited this year at the six stations that will be closed, encouraging them to start planning now using the personalized travel tool available at the project website.
“As Metrorail continues to be a crucial part of our transit infrastructure in the National Capital Region, Fairfax County supports WMATA’s efforts to bring the system back into a state of good repair. We appreciate the patience of Fairfax County residents, employers and visitors as this important work is being done,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “To avoid increased traffic on our roadways this summer, we urge everyone traveling in and out of Fairfax County to plan now for alternate travel options such as bus connections, ridesharing, telework and alternate work schedules.”
“We are doing our part to help provide transportation options in conjunction with these important platform improvements,” said Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson. “The City and its partners are expanding local bus, trolley, and water taxi service; managing traffic flow; emphasizing rideshare, pedestrian, bicycle, and mobility device use; encouraging telework and alternate commuting schedules; and other mitigation strategies. Our preliminary plans are detailed at alexandriava.gov and will be updated throughout the year.”
Free express and local shuttle bus service will be provided while the stations are closed. Customers should plan on adding an extra 30 minutes of travel time to their commutes.
Other convenient Metrobus options for customers include routes 8Z, 10A, 10E, 11Y, 21A, and Metroway. Metro plans to add additional buses to several of these routes to provide additional capacity throughout the duration of this summer’s Platform Improvement Project work.
- Franconia - Pentagon Express
Express shuttle between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon stations
- Blue Line Shuttle
Shuttle between Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn St, King St-Old Town, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stations (No stop at Braddock Rd Station)
- Huntington - Pentagon Express
Express shuttle between Huntington and Pentagon stations
- Yellow Line Shuttle
Shuttle between Huntington, Eisenhower Ave, King St-Old Town, Braddock Rd, and Crystal City stations (No stop at National Airport Station)