Metro prepares for platform work at Blue/Yellow Line stations

In preparation for major platform reconstruction work this summer, Metro and its contractor this weekend will perform site preparatory work and testing that will close six stations on the Blue/Yellow lines: Huntington, Eisenhower Ave, King St, Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn St and Braddock Rd. During this time, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Huntington/Franconia-Springfield and Reagan National Airport.

Engineers will conduct core drilling around the stations to assess conditions, and power to the stations will be cut to allow testing on cables and electrical systems. In addition, crews will conduct hazard assessment and mitigation, install temporary safety equipment, and perform inspections of the platform structures.

Metro will use the closure to conduct additional maintenance and track work, including rail and tie renewal and switch maintenance near Braddock Road Station.

Rail service between Reagan National Airport and Washington, DC, will be available throughout the weekend, with trains departing the airport every 10 minutes (alternating every 20 minutes on Yellow, every 20 minutes on Blue). A similar weekend closure to prepare for the platform project is planned for this spring.


Blue Line

Shuttle buses replace Blue Line trains between Franconia-Springfield and Reagan National Airport. Allow additional travel time.

Trains every 20 minutes between Reagan National Airport and Largo Town Center with single tracking between Smithsonian and Federal Center SW.
Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn Street, King St-Old Town, and Braddock Road stations will be closed.

Yellow Line

Shuttle buses replace Yellow Line trains between Huntington and National Airport. Allow additional travel time.
Trains every 20 minutes between Reagan National Airport and Mt Vernon Square.

Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt Vernon Sq should use the Green Line to complete their trip
Huntington, Eisenhower Avenue, King St-Old Town and Braddock Road stations will be closed


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