The Station Platforms are in Need of Repair
The Metro system has 45 outdoor rail stations constructed with concrete platforms. These platforms were designed and built over four decades ago to safely accommodate customers waiting for trains and boarding Metro railcars. Over the years, many of the platforms have begun to deteriorate due to routine wear and tear combined with exposure to weather and de-icing agents. Platforms at 10 outdoor stations have already been rebuilt, but the process was slow and arduous. Metro has now identified an additional 20 stations in need of platform reconstruction.
Construction Strategy Designed to Minimize Impact
After extensive internal planning and consultation with construction experts, Metro developed a strategy that reduces the length of the project by up to 94%. Instead of overnight work or single tracking and weekend outages that stretch on for years, Metro will fully close stations, allowing contractors to have 24-hour access to the work sites instead of limited, sporadic hours. When platforms are rebuilt, the tracks must be taken out of service to allow for demolition of existing structures, access to the construction areas, and concrete pouring. By temporarily closing these stations while construction is underway, Metro can ensure safety for riders and construction staff and greatly reduce the project duration and cost. Additionally, this strategy minimizes rail service disruptions elsewhere on the system.
2019 Platform Improvement Project Activities
Metro's contractor will work concurrently at all six stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in summer 2019 to expedite construction and ensure the stations are ready to reopen for customers after September 8. To minimize customer impact, crews plan to complete as much invasive work as possible while the stations are closed; however, construction activity may continue into the fall with crews working in designated areas that will be cordoned off from customer access.
Service impacts after September 8 will be determined in summer 2019 after construction begins and crews are able to assess the construction needs at each station. More information will be posted here as the project advances.
Future Platform Construction
The platforms at 14 additional stations will be reconstructed as part of the Platform Improvement Project. Service plans for these stations are still in development:2020:
|• West Hyattsville||• Prince George's Plaza||• College Park-U of Md||• Greenbelt|
|• Vienna||• Dunn Loring||• West Falls Church||• East Falls Church|
|• Cheverly||• Landover||• New Carrollton||• Addison Rd|
|• Arlington Cemetery||• Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport|
Funding that Makes this Project Possible
Metro is investing in system safety, reliability and the region’s economy through its 10-year, $15 billion capital program. For the first time in Metro's history, the capital program is bolstered by dedicated funding from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The capital program will improve the customer experience and keep the region’s infrastructure in a state of good repair by investing in railcars, buses, stations, tracks, tunnels, bridges, signals, communications, facilities, and passenger information systems. In spending local taxpayer dollars for capital projects, Metro is seeking to reinvest in our hometown economy, creating jobs and encouraging participation from disadvantaged, minority-owned, and small businesses in the region. Beginning this summer, the capital program will ramp up to an unprecedented level of investment of $1.5 billion in Fiscal Year 2020, which includes a major project to completely rebuild deteriorating platforms at six Metrorail stations, begin design and construction of Metro's next fleet of railcars, and continue work to install the latest cellular, radio and WiFi equipment throughout the system. The dedicated funding is also being used to brighten all stations with new LED lighting, purchase more fuel-efficient buses and MetroAccess vehicles, and upgrade fire-suppression and emergency response systems. Other major capital projects in the pipeline will help keep Metro safe and reliable for years to come.