Two Blue Line stations to close over the holidays as Metro advances safety improvements

Advisory Effective: 12/11/20 - 1/3/21

Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations will be closed December 19 - January 3

Customers who use Franconia-Springfield or Van Dorn Street stations should allow additional travel time during the two-week period from December 19, 2020, through January 3, 2021, as Metro closes a portion of the Blue Line to make safety improvements.

Free shuttle buses will replace trains at the two stations, which will be closed for the duration of the project, allowing workers 24-hour access to the tracks. Current ridership levels are a fraction of per-pandemic levels, and are expected to be even lower during the holiday period.

Blue Line trains will run between Huntington and Largo at the same intervals as today. Customers can transfer between shuttle buses and rail service at Eisenhower Avenue Station. Metro will also offer special express bus service between Franconia-Springfield and the Pentagon via I-395.

The ongoing project, which includes a series of weekend closures that continue through March, will modernize the line's Automatic Train Control system, which is responsible for ensuring safe speed and distance between trains.

Customer Information:

Effective Saturday, December 19 - Sunday, January 3

  • Blue Line service will operate between Huntington and Largo Town Center.
  • Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn St stations closed.
  • Free local and express shuttle buses will operate between:
    • Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn St and Eisenhower Ave.
    • Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon (excluding Christmas and New Year's Day)
    • Van Dorn St and Pentagon rush hour service only: 5 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (excluding Christmas and New Year's Day)