Metro News Release

For immediate release: December 29, 2009

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Metrorail stations to receive extra care and attention
42 stations to be cleaned between now and summer 2011 as part of station enhancement program

While it’s not an extreme makeover, over the next year-and-a-half, 42 Metrorail stations will receive a thorough cleaning as part of the agency’s station enhancement program.

The station enhancement program, initiated in April 1991, was designed to restore the appearance of Metrorail stations. The $7.5 million program sees each station restored about every four years.

Steam cleaning Twinbrook Metro “Because of the work involved, all station cleaning activities occur in the middle of the night when the system closes and this allows us to conduct a full press on that station,” said Paul Gillum, Metro’s Director of Plant Maintenance. “Our dedicated employees take tremendous pride in restoring our train stations to like new conditions and the work involved is meticulous because of what needs to be done.”

A mini enhancement includes the cleaning of masonry surfaces, painting interior surfaces, repairing interior masonry surfaces, painting exterior surfaces, fabricating, installing or repairing signs, refinishing bus and station platform shelter benches and spot finishing bronze surfaces such as railings. A major station enhancement includes all responsibilities under a mini enhancement but also includes pressure washing the ceilings and walls, and painting interior surfaces.

A major station enhancement takes three months, which is approximately 25 percent longer than the mini-enhancement. 

Below is a list of stations slated to receive a mini or major cleaning enhancement through June 2011.

Metrorail Station Enhancement Schedule January to June 2010

Metrorail Station

Mini or Major Enhancement

Medical Center

Major

Bethesda

Mini

Wheaton

Major

Forest Glen

Major

Potomac Avenue

Major

Friendship Heights

Mini

Woodley Park-Zoo Adams Morgan

Mini

Smithsonian

Mini

Foggy Bottom

Mini

U Street

Major

Ballston-MU

Mini

Court House

Mini

Virginia Square-GMU

Mini

White Flint

Major

Franconia-Springfield

Mini

Brookland-CUA

Mini

West Falls Church

Major

East Falls Church

Major

Shady Grove

Mini

Rockville

Mini

Twinbrook

Major

Metrorail Station Enhancement Tentative Schedule June 2010 to June 2011

Metrorail Station

Mini or Major Enhancement

Rhode Island Avenue

Mini

Fort Totten

Mini

West Hyattsville

Mini

Prince George’s Plaza

Mini

College Park

Major

Addison Road

Mini

Congress Heights

Mini

Southern Avenue

Mini

Pentagon

Mini

Glenmont

Major

Union Station

Major

Judiciary Square

Major

Gallery Place

Major

Metro Center

Major

Farragut North

Major

Dupont Circle

Major

Tenleytown

Major

Naylor Road

Mini

Suitland

Mini

Branch Avenue

Mini

Deanwood

Major

Media contact for this news release: Steven Taubenkibel at 202-962-1051.
For all other inquiries, please call customer service at 202-637-7000.

News release issued at 12:18 pm, December 29, 2009.


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