Blue & Yellow Line Metro Closure & Travel Alternatives for Your Trip

Blue & Yellow Line Metro Closure & Travel Alternatives for Your Trip

August 24, 2022

Beginning Saturday, September 10, WMATA’s Major Blue Line and Yellow Line Construction project will rehabilitate the Yellow Line tunnel and bridge between Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza stations and connect the new Potomac Yard Station to the mainline rail system. During the Potomac Yard prep work, six stations south of Reagan National Airport on the Yellow and Blue lines will be closed from Sept.10 to Oct.22, 2022.

The shutdown is expected to end in October 2022. Construction work on the Yellow Line will continue in the second phase of the project, which will take place from October 2022 to May 2023. The impacted Blue and Yellow Line stations will reopen for the second phase of the project, but both lines will be served by Blue Line trains while work continues on the Yellow Line bridge between Pentagon and L’Enfant stations. 

To learn more about the project and sign up for construction alerts from WMATA, click here.

Travel Alternatives:

  • Blue Line Express Shuttle ( Franconia – Pentagon)
  • Yellow Line Express Shuttle (Huntington – Pentagon)
  • Blue Line Local Shuttle (Franconia-Springfield – National Airport)
  • Yellow Line Local Shuttle (Huntington – Crystal City)
  • VA-DC Shuttle 1 (Crystal City – L’Enfant)
  • VA-DC Shuttle 2 (Pentagon – Archives)
  • VA-DC Shuttle 3 (Mt. Vernon – Potomac Park)
Map summarizing alternate routes for Blue and Yellow Line closure.

For more information about the project, including service impacts, maps, travel alternatives and frequently asked questions, click here. Riders can sign up to receive project updates directly to their email here

Other Mitigation Efforts:

  • Virginia Railway Express (VRE) trains will be free system-wide in September. Fares for zones 1 through 3 will remain free in October.
  • Free parking from Sept. 10 to Oct. 22 at Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn and Huntington stations. 
  • No “non-rider fee” for parking at Franconia-Springfield station during Yellow Line bridge work. 
  • Free Capital Bikeshare for Alexandria residents during September and October.
  • Free Metroway bus service from Sept. 10 to Oct. 22.
  • Free roundtrip water taxi service from Alexandria.