Alexandria Metro stations to close for four months in summer 2019

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All Alexandria Metro stations will close for four months in summer 2019, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced Monday in a news release.

The Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield Metro stations will close between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2019. 

The closures are part of a three-year capital project during which WMATA will reconstruct the outdoor platforms at 20 Metro stations. The project will likely cost between $300 to $400 million, according to WMATA, and will be funded by dedicated capital funding from the legislatures in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. 

Metro has rebuilt platforms at 10 of its 45 outdoor stations and previously used single tracking while the stations were under construction. WMATA said that method led to customer inconvenience and, ultimately, delayed the projects, including at the Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood stations, where reconstructing platforms took three years.

Metro said the new program involves extended summer shutdowns to enable 24-hour access to the construction site. 

WMATA plans to demolish and rebuild the station platforms at Braddock Road, King Street and Eisenhower Avenue as the first phase of its plan in summer 2019. As a result, the Metro’s blue and yellow lines will not operate south of Reagan National Airport during that time period. The blue and yellow lines will, instead, operate at regular intervals between the airport and Largo Town Center and Fort Totten and Mount Vernon Square, respectively.

Following summer 2019, Metro plans to reconstruct the Van Dorn Street, Franconia-Springfield, Huntington and Reagan National Airport platforms between September 2019 and May 2020.

All stations will remain open during that time period and rail service will operate normally, according to WMATA, with the exception of the blue line in September 2019 during the Van Dorn Street Station reconstruction.  

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Is there any good reason why WMATA could not have planned to stagger the work on its Alexandria stations? Yes, single-tracking is a pain–but it’s better than mindlessly shafting EVERY Metro customer who lives in Alexandria and south. Why not work on every OTHER station first, then fill in the ones left.
    Ultimately, doing the repairs in this block-headed way will cost Metro many, if not most, of its Alexandria customers.

  2. I have to agree with Nina, if after being forced to find alternate methods for that period of time how many riders just won’t come back? Not to mention the sheer amount of people who rely on those lines for their employment, complete shutdowns of stations for that period of time is ridicuously small minded.

  3. How this will work for the many business, residents, and guest of the city south of the reagan airport station is beyond my scope!
    We have many employees who depend on the metro as their transportation to and from work; how many employees will we lose because they can not come to work. The amount of guest we direct to the metro daily will be a huge loss of revenue when guest decide not to book with any hotel south of the reagan airport station. it is very import for the hotel guest no matter where they stay to be near public transportation. Our market is Washington DC and its attractions. The residents of this area use metro transportation for many things work, play and culture. The inconvenience of something we have had at our fingertips for so many years will be hardship on all of us, and the way i read it it it will last for 2 seasons.
    I better fix needs to be found so that we have some transportation that is less of any inconvenience and higher cost, and the biggest issue i see is loss of revenue for EVERYONE which includes metro.

  4. Such closures of entire lines on transit systems have precedents elsewhere. When major repairs are needed to these facilities, the best way to have them completed quickly is to outright shut the line down in spite of the difficulties posed to riders.

    While I rely on metro to get places in the area and I am not thrilled by the prospect of having my access to the system curtailed for several months, I hope that the end result is a better functioning transit system.

    We’ve neglected maintaining the Metrorail system for decades. Now, the bill is coming due.