Metro Platform Improvement Project

From Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, September 8, the six Blue and Yellow line Metrorail stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport were closed for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements as part of Metro's Platform Improvement Project.

Page updated on Oct 1, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Platform Improvement ProjectFrom Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, September 8, the six Blue and Yellow line metrorail stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport were closed for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. The Braddock Rd; King St-Old Town; Eisenhower Ave; Huntington; Van Dorn St; Franconia-Springfield stations were closed as part of Metro's three-year Platform Improvement Project, which 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.


Updates & Information


Plan Your Trip

Step 1: Determine the best travel option(s)

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Step 2: Make a Plan

  • Customers should plan ahead and add an additional 30 minutes each way onto their normal commutes.
  • FREE commuter parking will be available at Franconia-Springfield, Huntington, and Van Dorn St.
  • Riders will not have access to the in-station fare vending machines to reload SmarTrip cards at the six closed Metrorail stations. SmarTrip cards can also be reloaded online and at Commuter Stores & retail locations. Customers are also encouraged to use Auto Reload.
  • Temporary bike racks will be available at each closed Metrorail station.
  • Accessible buses for individuals in wheelchairs and other mobility devices will be available at all shuttle locations.
  • Use your DASH bus mobile app to purchase introductory $1 DASH fares.
  • Metro has created a Trip Planner specific to the Platform Improvement Project to help riders determine the best Metrobus and shuttle routes to travel around work zones  

Use Metro's Trip Planner

DASH is also offering assistance with trip planning during the closures: contact DASH at 703.746.3274, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Free Shuttles

Metro will provide free shuttles and add extra service to local bus routes to help customers get around during Metro's Platform Improvement Project.

  • All shuttles will meet the first and last trains at their respective terminal stations.
  • Shuttle buses will run every five minutes during rush hours and every 15 minutes midday, except the Blue Line Shuttle, which will run every 10-12 minutes during midday.

Shuttle Bus Stops

shuttles

Route Days Span
Franconia-Pentagon Express Monday-Thursday 4:45 a.m. - Midnight
  Friday 4:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Saturday 6:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Sunday 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Huntington-Pentagon Express Monday-Thursday 4:45 a.m. - Midnight
  Friday 4:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Saturday 6:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Sunday 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Landmark-Pentagon Express
Direct link between Landmark Mall & Pentagon
**weekday service only
Monday-Friday 4:45 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Blue Line Shuttle (operated by DASH)
**Does not stop at Braddock Road
Airport travelers should use this shuttle
Monday-Thursday 4:30 a.m. - Midnight
  Friday 4:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Yellow Line Shuttle
**Does not stop at National Airport
Monday-Thursday 4:30 a.m. - Midnight
  Friday 4:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Water Taxi: Alexandria to DC

During the Metrorail shutdown, the Potomac Riverboat Company began offering new morning commuter service from Old Town Alexandria to The Wharf in Washington, DC. City residents and individuals who work in Alexandria are eligible for partial reimbursement of the cost of this commuting service during the WMATA Platform Improvement Project.

The online application closed October 1, 2019. Please email GOAlex@alexandriava.gov with a copy of your receipt if you believe you made an eligible purchase. 2019 Commuter Passes must have been purchased by September 8. Commuter Round-Trip Tickets must be for trips dated May 27 through September 6.

Visit potomacriverboatco.com/commuter-passes for more details about the Water Taxi schedule, service, tickets, and access.


Alternative Travel Options

bus iconBus Options

DASH and King Street Trolley
Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus system provides safe, reliable, and courteous bus service within the City of Alexandria! DASH connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and all local bus systems. In addition to operating shuttles, DASH will add extra weekday, off-peak trips to the AT3 and AT4 (which has service to the Pentagon) this summer. The King Street Trolley will be extending operating hours to better coincide with the Water Taxi's schedule. 

Metrobus
Bus service operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) servicing Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Metro will provide enhanced Metrobus service on the 10A, 10E, 8Z, and 11Y. See the Metro Trip Planner for more information.

Fairfax Connector
Local bus system that provides service within Fairfax County, and connects to Metrobus, Metrorail stations, Virginia Railway Express, and other local bus systems.

OmniRide
PRTC provides commuter bus service along the I-95 and I-66 corridors to points north and local bus services in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

Best Bus
Bus service that offers routes from Franconia-Springfield to Dupont Circle and Union Station.

Greyhound
Bus service that offers a route from Franconia-Springfield to Union Station.

bicycleBicycles and Scooters

Alexandria Bikeways Network Map
This map includes on and off-street bikeways, Capital Bikeshare stations, safety tips, useful phone numbers and resources, and more. 

Capital Bikeshare Stations
With Capital Bikeshare, you can choose from nearly 400 stations in the region, and return a bike to any station near your destination.

Dockless Mobility (eBikes/Scooters)
Private companies operate shared mobility devices (such as dockless bicycles and scooters available for rent) in Alexandria as part of a pilot program.

Metro Bicycle Policy
Bicycles are welcome on Metrorail during all hours; however, they are not allowed on crowded railcars.

VRE Bicycle Policy
Collapsible bicycles are permitted on all trains. Full size bicycles will only be allowed on the last three northbound, the mid-day, and the last three southbound trains on each line.

rail iconRail Options

VRE
Rail system that provides commuter-oriented rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, D.C., along the I-66 and I-95 corridors.  

Amtrak
Service that connects to Union Station.  

carpoolCarpools and Vanpools

Enterprise
Service that allows you to share a ride to work with coworkers who live nearby. Enterprise provides a recent-model SUV, crossover or van. Everyone splits the costs and driving duties, saving you valuable time and money.

OmniMatch
A free, personalized ridematching service for carpoolers and vanpoolers. Through the use of an extensive regional database, OmniMatch links commuters who have similar work hours, origination and destination points.

Waze Carpool
An app that allows carpoolers to choose riders & drivers based on profiles, star ratings, distance, and price. Filter by gender, coworkers, or custom groups to find your best match, and schedule a Carpool. Riders enjoy $2 rides until June 30.* No special code is needed, just download Waze Carpool from the App Store or Google Play and use it anywhere in the D.C. area.

Vanpool Alliance
A public-private partnership to support vanpool riders and providers in northern Virginia. 

Slug Lines
Drivers volunteer to pick-up riders for free to meet the three-person requirement on HOV-3 lanes; riders volunteer to ride with the drivers for a free ride.

water taxiWater Taxi

Potomac Riverboat Company
Water commute connecting Alexandria to DC via the Potomac River. This summer, the Potomac Riverboat Company is adding some additional morning trips to from Old Town to the Wharf in D.C. 

walkWalk

Get tips on walking to work and whether it's right for you.


Station Information

View alternate travel options for each Metrorail station.


Maps

Below are links to WMATA shuttle and route maps. 

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