Arlington Cemetery escalator replacement and entrance closure

Advisory Effective: 4/30/18 - 5/15/19

Update: September 17

The south side escalators have returned to service and the entrance has opened. Work has moved to the north entrance.

Arlington Cemetery south entrance escalators

On or about May 14, 2018, Metro will begin a major capital project replacing the four entrance escalators at the Arlington Cemetery Station. The project will replace the current escalators, which were installed when the station opened and have exceeded their useful life, with brand new escalators that are more durable and reliable. Metro's contractor, KONE, will install the new escalators as part of an ongoing project to replace more than 130 escalators across the Metrorail system by the end of the decade.

How will this work affect my trip?

Arlington Cemetery has two entrances providing access to the station. Work will begin on the two south side entrance escalators. While two escalators are out of service, the south entrance will be closed. Customers will have access to the elevator and the north entrance. When the south side is complete, work will move to the north side, which will close completely.

How long will the project take?

The replacement of the south entrance escalators is expected to take about 5 months for site preparation, demolition, construction, installation and testing. The north side will take an additional 5 months.

How can I stay informed about the project?

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