The City of Alexandria understands the need for investment in the Metrorail system to get it back to a state of good repair. We also recognize that the three-month closure of stations in Alexandria and Fairfax County will be challenging for riders. Using lessons learned during SafeTrack, the City of Alexandria is working on measures to mitigate the impact on Alexandria riders and provide transportation alternatives.
The City of Alexandria is requesting input from residents, businesses and commuters on its draft mitigation plan to address a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) project that will close Alexandria Metrorail stations this summer.
- Read the City of Alexandria's mitigation plan for the Platform Improvement Project
- Read the City's April 17 update on its preparations for the Platform Improvement Project
- Watch the March 26 Platform Improvement Project update to Alexandria City Council
- Read the March 26 Platform Improvement Project presentation to Alexandria City Council
- Visit WMATA's newly launched project web page, wmata.com/platforms, for addititonal information
- Read WMATA's March 5 press release on travel options during the project
What is the Platform Improvement Project?
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the Metrorail, Metrobus, and MetroAccess system in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, is closing all Metrorail stations south of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station from May 25 through September 9. This will allow WMATA to address reconstruction of three outdoor station platforms. In addition to the platform work, there will be repairs to the Van Dorn Metro platform in September 2019. This work will involve significant single-tracking on the Blue Line.
- Read WMATA’s press release on the Platform Improvement Project
- Visit WMATA's Platform Improvement Plan Project web page.
WMATA is taking steps to lessen disruptions related to this project. The work was scheduled for the summer months, when ridership is at its lowest.
Performing continuous work by closing stations for three-month periods over the next three years actually lessens the long-term impact to riders. Conducting this work on weekends and during overnight hours would take approximately 30 years to complete what is planned. If work continues 24/7, it should bring these stations back to a state of good repair.
Read more about WMATA’s efforts to reduce platform work impacts.
What is the City of Alexandria doing to help?
While WMATA was solely responsible for the platform repair plan, the City of Alexandria and other localities in the region are working together to provide resources to help plan for and mitigate impacts. Read the October presentation to Alexandria City Council about the repairs to learn more.
- City and DASH officials have been actively working on alternatives to help commuters avoid impacts, including special bus shuttles and parking options. As additional details are confirmed, they will be posted to this page.
- City departments are developing telework and alternate work schedule plans for their staff to reduce the number of employees who need to commute and to offset commuting times.
- The City is encouraging private employers in our community to proactively address commuting issues with their employees, including providing telework and alternate work schedule options when possible.
What can you do?
- View WMATA's full Platform Repair Plan and the schedule overview of the platform reconstruction project.
- Read the City Manager's update to City Council from December 13, 2018
- Read the City Manager's Letter to WMATA from December 14, 2018
- Sign up for WMATA MetroAlerts and Alexandria eNews to get email or text alerts
- Check local traffic updates during the platform repair project to stay abreast of regional impacts, using the news media and our GO Alex Travel Tools
MAKE A PLAN
- Determine alternatives for your commutes during the platform repair project, using the City's trip tools page, which includes information from WMATA, DASH, and other area transit providers.
For questions and additional information, contact GO Alex staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.