Smithsonian Station closed (trains bypassing) - Saturday September 16

Advisory Effective: 9/13/17 - 9/16/17

On Saturday, September 16, Smithsonian Metrorail Station will be closed at the request of law enforcement due to planned events on the National Mall. All trains will pass through the station without stopping. Use L'Enfant Plaza as an alternate.

Smithsonian Station is expected to reopen, with approval from law enforcement authorities, at some point Saturday afternoon. Customers will be notified of the reopening through MetroAlerts text and email messages and via social media.

Please note that the National Mall is accessible by Metrorail stations on every line. Customers should consider:

  • Foggy Bottom
  • Metro Center
  • Federal Triangle
  • Archives
  • Gallery Place
  • Judiciary Square
  • Union Station
  • L'Enfant Plaza
  • Capitol South
  • Federal Center SW
  • Arlington Cemetery

For your security

  • Immediately report any unattended items or suspicious activity. Call Transit Police at (202) 962-2121 or send a text to "MyMTPD" (696873).
  • Metro Transit Police continuously patrol stations and trains, both in uniform and in plain clothes.
  • Please note that items carried onto the Metro system may be subject to random security screening by uniformed Transit Police officers.
  • Tampering with or disabling Metro equipment, such as escalators, elevators, train doors or emergency equipment, is unlawful and may result in arrest.
  • In the event of an emergency, intercoms are located on station platforms and aboard trains. Follow the direction of police officers and Metro personnel, and listen for public address announcements.

Travel Tips

  • Buy your SmarTrip card in advance to avoid lines. Each rider age 5 and up needs his or her own card. You can buy SmarTrip cards at any Metro station, as well as CVS/Pharmacy or Giant stores. Be sure the card is loaded with enough value to pay for all trips you plan to take during the day.
  • Remember where your trip started. Many visitors who are dropped off at Metro get on a train without taking note of the station name where they boarded.
  • Spread out along the platform. Rail cars in the middle of the train are the most crowded. Try boarding all the way at the front or back of the train. Note that an 8-car train will occupy the entire length of the station platform.
  • Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts email and text messages for the latest information on service delays or disruptions.