Platform Improvement Project

 

OVERVIEW

Starting Saturday, May 25, the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will be closed for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. To expedite construction and minimize customer inconvenience, the following stations will remain closed through Sunday, September 8.

- Braddock Road
- King Street
- Eisenhower Ave
- Huntington
- Van Dorn Street
- Franconia-Springfield

The station closures are part of Metro's three-year Platform Improvement Project that 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.

van dorn platformcrumbling platformbraddock platform

 

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Click here to plan your WMATA Trip

(Customers should plan ahead and add an additional 30 minutes onto their normal commute.)

  • Accessible buses for individuals in wheelchairs and other mobility devices will be available at all shuttle locations.   
  • 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. 

Trip Planner Assistance: 703-746-3274                   

 

 

ALTERNATE ROUTES

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.

shuttle stops

 

  • All shuttles will meet the first and last trains at their respective terminal stations.
  • Shuttles operate during all hours the rail system is open, 7 days a week, except the Landmark-Pentagon Express, which only operates on weekdays.
  • Shuttle buses will run every five minutes during rush hours and every 10 minutes midday, except the Blue Line Shuttle, which will run every 10-12 .

shuttles

Route   Days   Span
         
Franconia-Pentagon Express
Rush hours: Every 5 minutes
Midday & evenings: Every 10 minutes
  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
Rush hours: Every 5 minutes
Midday & evenings: Every 10 minutes
  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
Rush hours: Every 15 minutes
Midday & evenings: Every 30 minutes
  Monday - Friday 4:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
 
 
 
         
Blue Line Shuttle (operated by DASH) **NO stop at Braddock Road           Airport travelers should use this shuttle
Rush hours: Every 5 minutes
Midday & evenings: Every 15 minutes
  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                               **NO stop at Reagan National Airport
Rush hours: Every 5 minutes
Midday & evenings: Every 10 minutes
  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.

 

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BUS 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. The King Street Trolley will be extending operating hours to better coincide with the Water Taxi's schedule. 
Click Here for DASH and King Street Trolley options
 

Metrobus
Bus service operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) servicing Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Click Here for Metrobus options  
 

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.
Click here for Fairfax Connector options 
 

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.
Click here for OmniRide options 

 

Best Bus
Bus service that offers routes from Franconia-Springfield to Dupont Circle and Union Station. 
Click here for Bestbus options

 

Greyhound
Bus service that offers a route from Franconia-Springfield to Union Station. 
Click here for Greyhound options

 

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RAIL 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.
Click here for VRE options

 

Amtrak
Service that connects to Union Station. 
Click here for Amtrak options

 

carpool

CARPOOLS & 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.
Click here for Enterprise options

 

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.
Click here for OmniMatch options 

 

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.
Click here for Waze Carpool options  

 

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

 

bicycle

SCOOTERS AND BICYCLES

Bike to work using Alexandria's extensive bike routes and paths. Click here to see Alexandria's Bike Map.

Metro
Bicycles are welcome on Metrorail during all hours; however, they are not allowed on crowded railcars.
Click here for WMATA Bike Policy

 

VRE
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. 
Click here to see the VRE Bicycle Policy

 

Bird
App that allows you to locate and ride Bird scooters.
Click here to learn more about Bird

 

Bolt
App gives you access to electric scooters that can be picked up and dropped off anywhere. 
Click here to learn more about Bolt

 

Lime
App that allows you to locate and ride Lime scooters.
Click here to learn more about Lime

 

Lyft
Lyft Scooters go up to 15 MPH and are the latest, affordable way to get you where you’re going
Click here to learn more about Lyft

 

Pedego
Service that allows you to rent an electric bike.
Click here to learn more about Pedego

 

If you don't have a bike, click here to learn more about Capital Bikeshare. There are 31 stations in Alexandria, with more coming soon! 

water taxi

WATER TAXI

Potomac Riverboat Company
During the Metrorail shutdown, the Potomac Riverboat Company will offer six new morning runs from Old Town Alexandria to The Wharf in the District. City residents and individuals who work in Alexandria will be eligible for partial reimbursement of the cost of this new service. The first commuter routes depart from Alexandria at 6:40 AM and from The Wharf at 6:05 AM. The ride is estimated to take 25 minutes.

Commuter Round-Trip Tickets and 2019 Commuter Passes will be reimbursed at the following rates:

Ticket Type Cost Reimbursement
Commuter Round-Trip Ticket $10 $8
2019 Commuter Pass $199 $100

Submit your receipt with the Water Taxi Reimbursement Application to apply for reimbursement.

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

 

walk

WALK

Take matters in your own, um feet.
Click here for tips from Feet First.