Project Details

Project Timeline | Noise During Construction | Retracing History: Platform Canopies Introduced to Aboveground Stations | Moving Millions: Rockville Canopy Shelters 1 Million Riders | Future Focused: Same Timeless Design, New Customer Improvements | Related Projects | Metro’s Capital Improvement Program

Metro customers enjoy safety and security from canopies at many aboveground rail stations. To improve the experience of Metro riders and to ensure the long-term safety of the Metro system, the Rockville canopy will be replaced in fall 2021.

Project Timeline to Minimize Customer Impact 

To complete the project with the least disruption to customers, Shady Grove and Rockville closed on September 11. Free shuttle bus service is available at the closed stations.

On November 3, we announced work on the Rockville Canopy Replacement project was halted to allow Metro to bring additional trains into service from the Shady Grove Rail Yard to address the railcar shortage caused by the removal of Metro’s 7000-series fleet. Additional materials issues with the canopy’s glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels are also impacting the project schedule. Customers can now expect the stations to reopen in mid-January 2022.  Learn more

See Rockville Canopy Replacement Project photos here.

Noise During Construction

Updated: November 4, 2021
This section will be updated, as needed, with any new information on construction noise at Rockville.

Construction noises for the project will not exceed the noise allowances set forth by Montgomery County’s construction noise standards and the noise waiver from Montgomery County, secured for phase 1 work, that was completed as of early October. Noise levels will continue to be monitored regularly to ensure compliance.

Future phases of construction will continue to generate noise, but at much lower levels. Construction for the remainder of the project will take place 24/7, and will include work on weekends, early mornings and late-night hours, within the defined noise standards. Here’s what to expect:

  • Phase Two: Installation of steel beams (approximately early October-late October)
    • Construction noises will be lower than during the demolition phase and will sound like someone hitting a piece of metal with a hammer. 
  • Phases Three Through Six: Installation of glass fiber reinforced concrete paneling (GFRC), skylights and customer experience improvements and station testing and cleaning (approximately late October-mid-January)
    • Noise during this phase will be at the lowest level. 
    • Customers can expect normal construction noises like movement of equipment and materials.
Metro is also rehabilitating the Rockville Park & Ride, which will generate noise during daytime hours. 

Metro is working to execute the Rockville Canopy Replacement Project as quickly and efficiently as possible, with the highest consideration for the safety of workers and riders. We regret any discomfort and inconvenience caused by the work and appreciate your cooperation during this time. 

If you have additional questions or concerns about noise, please contact Metro Customer Service at 202-637-1328 or submit a customer comment here.

Retracing History: Platform Canopies Introduced to Aboveground Stations

When architecture firm Harry Weese & Associates (HWA) penned the final blueprint for aerial flat canopies in the 1970s, the firm unknowingly crafted an iconic architectural staple found in many Metro stations today. As the transit authority expanded its rail system to aboveground stations in the 1970s, concrete platform canopies with skylights became commonplace for many stations with both island and center platforms.

For decades, Metrorail customers have reaped the benefits of this architectural wonder. From safely protecting customers against harsh weather to keeping customers secure with lighting, public service announcement (PSA) and surveillance equipment, platform canopies are more than a gathering place to catch the next train—they are a symbol of customer and station safety. 

Rockville Station Canopy

Rockville canopy—a flat canopy with a centered triangular skylight sheltering the central part of the platform, with the north and south ends of the platform opening to the sky—pictured in 2021.

Moving Millions: Rockville Canopy Shelters 1 Million Riders

Built circa 1979, the Rockville canopy is one of a handful of aerial flat canopies across the Metro system today. As the Metro system has grown, so has the number of customers using Rockville. In 2019, approximately one million customers experienced the platform canopy while waiting for the next departing train at Rockville. 

Constructed of concrete beam structures, and spanning nearly 300 feet long, the platform canopy has weathered the storm by shielding customers from sun, rain and snow over its lifespan. Additionally, the canopy protects the platform’s escalators, extending the life of the escalators and minimizing the need for repairs. This longevity has resulted in progressive corrosion, skylight leaks, concrete spalling and deterioration of roof membranes that have led to roof leaks and structural decline. The Rockville canopy has reached its end of life and will be completely replaced in fall 2021. The new canopy will continue to deliver a safe and reliable experience for Metro customers.

 Rockville Station Canopy

Rockville canopy pictured in 2021.

Future Focused: Same Timeless Design, New Customer Improvements

When the new platform canopy is complete, the structure will offer cover to customers with the same timeless design from the 1970s, but with modern technology to enhance the customer experience. 

To support Metro’s goals of safety and reliability, customers will also benefit from new, more efficient LED lights, an upgraded speaker system for station announcements, new digital screens for passenger information and new CCTV cameras for improved security.

Rockville Canopy Drawing

Artist’s rendering of the Rockville canopy replacement, which will be nearly identical to its predecessor.

Rockville customers will experience more station improvements over the coming year, including a rehabilitated pedestrian bridge and parking lot improvement project. Visit for a list of related projects at the station.

Metro’s Capital Improvement Program

Metro is investing in system safety, reliability and the region’s economy through its capital program. Under the Track and Structures investment category, Metro’s capital improvement program is funding repairs and replacements of platform canopies across the region. These efforts ensure passenger structures are in a state of good repair while providing a safe and reliable experience for Metro customers.