Summer 2019 Platform Improvement Project updates

Braddock Road platform construction
December 10, 2019

2019 Platform Improvement Project highlights

Metro completed the first phase of the multiyear Platform Improvement Project in 2019, with six stations successfully reconstructed on the Blue and Yellow lines in Virginia.

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October 11, 2019

Bus loop and Kiss & Ride construction to be completed by late fall

Here is the schedule for returning bus stops at the six Blue and Yellow line stations to their permanent locations.

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September 26, 2019

Riders react to newly renovated Metro stations

We asked riders what they thought of the newly renovated Platform Improvement Project stations. Here's what they said.

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September 19, 2019

Ensuring safety through emergency response training

The summer 2019 station closures were driven by a focus on improving customer safety, and Metro's Office of Emergency Management used the shutdown time to train more than 850 firefighters from across the Washington, DC region. 

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September 13, 2019

Welcome back, Blue & Yellow line riders!

On Monday, September 9, Metro welcomed riders back to the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Reagan National Airport.

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September 7, 2019

Metro stations on Blue/Yellow lines to reopen on Monday as scheduled

On Monday, regular rail service will resume on the Blue and Yellow lines when the system opens at 5 a.m.

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September 5, 2019

Metro prepares for return to service with continued testing at stations and on tracks

In the coming days as construction crews finish punch-list items, remove equipment and clean the stations, Metro operations teams are inspecting the tracks with Metro's specially designed track geometry vehicle.

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August 29, 2019

Final installation and testing underway at stations

With 10 days left until the stations reopen, Metro and its contractors are teaming up to ensure all components that were replaced and repaired this summer have been tested for operational readiness.

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August 23, 2019

Looking back at historic Franconia-Springfield Station photos

This commuter hub that opened 1997 is the southernmost point on the Blue Line.

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August 16, 2019

Looking back at historic Van Dorn St Station photos

When Van Dorn St Station opened in 1991, it became Metro's 67th station and the first Blue Line only station south of Reagan National Airport.

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August 14, 2019

Cooling off with iced coffee at Pentagon Transit Center

Yesterday we thanked shuttle bus customers at the Pentagon Transit Center for their patience during this summer's Platform Improvement Project with a small treat during their morning commute.

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August 9, 2019

Looking back at historic Huntington Station photos

This was the first Metro station to open outside the Capital Beltway and also the first station in Fairfax County.

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August 8, 2019

Construction update: one month out

Crews are focusing on installing the conduits and wiring for electricity and communication networks. 

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August 2, 2019

Looking back at historic Braddock Rd Station photos

Braddock Rd is next in our series of historic station photos. 

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July 25, 2019

Installation underway for new station improvements

As you'll see in today's construction update, crews have begun installation of the new features, including platform shelters, benches, Passenger Information Displays (PIDS) and new pylons. 

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July 23, 2019

Making improvements to more than just the platform under your feet

As we reconstruct the deteriorated platforms at the six stations south of Reagan National Airport to make them safer and more accessible, we’re also making improvements to enhance your experience.

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July 19, 2019

Looking back at historic Eisenhower Ave Station photos

Eisenhower Ave Station is next in our series of historic station photos.

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July 11, 2019

Platform tile installation begins and other construction updates

The demolished platforms are beginning to take shape again.

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July 8, 2019

Metro is offering consideration of presumptive MetroAccess eligibility for customers impacted by this summer's Platform Improvement Project

MetroAccess Eligibility staff will be conducting visual assessment at Pentagon and Crystal City stations.

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July 5, 2019

Looking back at historic King St-Old Town Station photos

We went down to the basement at Metro HQ and pulled out some photos from the archives.

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July 1, 2019

Metro capitalizes on station closures to conduct additional infrastructure renewal work

During this summer's Platform Improvement Project, there's much more than platform reconstruction work underway.

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June 26, 2019

Elimination of the Braddock Hump and other construction updates

This week marked an important milestone: the official elimination of the "Braddock Hump."

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June 19, 2019

Multiple options available to reload your SmarTrip card during summer station closures

See which option works best for you.

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June 13, 2019

Platform reconstruction overview and construction update

Before a new platform can appear under your feet, sections of the deteriorated platforms require extensive repair work and partial demolition.

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June 10, 2019

Serving customers during the first week of the Platform Improvement Project

Shuttle buses are moving 26,000-34,000 boardings per day, larger than any shuttle operation during SafeTrack.

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June 2, 2019

Metro seeks to improve Huntington-Pentagon Express after first week of shuttle service

During peak service periods, the Huntington-Pentagon Express will depart directly for Pentagon Station from both the south and north sides of Huntington Station, instead of serving both sides of the station as it did the first week of the shutdown.

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May 30, 2019

First week construction progress

In the first days of the Platform Improvement Project, Metro employees and contractors have gone straight to work. 

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May 22, 2019

Metro and regional officials urge customers to finalize alternative travel plans as summer 2019 station closures approach

Officials urged residents affected by the shutdown to make their travel plans before the start of the project.

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May 21, 2019

Station vicinity maps now available

These maps are excellent navigation tools that provide riders with information about exactly which bus routes and shuttles serve each station, and where you can find the bus stops you need.

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May 20, 2019

Yellow Line service extends to Greenbelt beginning May 25

Metro will begin running all Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt more than a month earlier than expected. The service adjustment, originally scheduled to take effect in July, will allow Metro to provide more reliable service between the airport station, downtown DC and points north during the Platform Improvement Project's station closures.

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May 17, 2019

Consider riding Metrobus this summer

Metro will be adding extra service to several routes, including Metroway, 8S/Z, 10A/E, 11Y and 21A/D.

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May 14, 2019

Pop-up events at Van Dorn St & Huntington

The Platform Improvement Project team will be at Van Dorn St Station tonight from 4:30-7 p.m., happy to answer any questions you have about the project.

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May 9, 2019

Getting the word out

With less than three weeks until the start of this summer's Platform Improvement Project, in-station customer notification is fully underway.

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May 2, 2019

Construction crews build replica station platform to prepare for this summer's work

Leading up to this summer's Platform Improvement Project, Metro's contractor is now full steam ahead preparing the work sites and training their teams. Recently, the project team constructed a station platform "mock up" to help train and educate the workers who will be completely reconstructing several station platforms this summer. 

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April 25, 2019

Free parking at three stations for Summer 2019 Platform Improvement Project

Parking will be free at Franconia-Springfield, Huntington and Van Dorn Street stations.

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April 18, 2019

Metro extends platform project by 6 days to permanently fix structural issue at Braddock Road

Following extensive inspections and engineering analysis, Metro and its contractor have identified additional structural modifications necessary to address a longstanding design issue at Braddock Road Station. The repairs are needed to ensure a safe platform surface that is level with train doors, a requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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March 29, 2019

Metro to relocate Kiss & Ride lots, bus stops ahead of summer Platform Improvement Project

In preparation for this summer's Platform Improvement Project at six stations on the Blue and Yellow lines, Metro's contractor, Kiewit, will soon begin constructing temporary bus loops at Huntington, Van Dorn Street, Braddock Road and Eisenhower Avenue stations. The temporary bus loops will accommodate free customer shuttles during construction and will be located in the stations' Kiss & Ride lots.

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March 5, 2019

Metro announces travel options, customer website for Blue/Yellow line customers affected by summer platform reconstruction work

In collaboration with regional officials and transportation agencies, Metro today released travel alternatives and a detailed project website - - to help customers begin planning for this summer's closure of the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. To expedite construction and minimize customer inconvenience, the six stations-Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield-will be closed from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, September 2, 2019, to allow for around-the-clock work.

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