After more than three months of construction work, the six Metrorail stations south of Reagan National Airport are back in service, featuring new platforms and other updates. These stations are located on the Blue and Yellow lines and serve about 17,000 daily riders. They are now equipped with better speakers, stainless steel shelters, and USB charging ports.
Metro says it ran test trains at the stations this past weekend in advance of the reopening. In a statement, the transit agency’s general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, says the work represents “the largest and most complex capital project since Metro’s original construction” during the 1970s. While some work remains ongoing and is expected to last into the fall, Metro says it will not disrupt train service. The six stations in question are Braddock Road, King Street–Old Town, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia–Springfield.
BREAKING: First test trains are running south of Reagan National Airport. It’s the first time in 3 months those rails have had a train on them. This is video of the very first train entering Braddock Road Station at 5mph as we check for proper alignment and clearance. #wmata pic.twitter.com/4z6ZzRlwhz— Metro (@wmata) September 7, 2019
The following changes will be in effect at those stations over the coming weeks, per Metro:
“At Franconia-Springfield and Huntington stations, customers will board all trains from one side of the platform. In addition, non-slip tile installation is ongoing throughout the mezzanine areas in these two stations.
At Huntington Station’s north entrance, fare vending machines will not be available for approximately three weeks. The City of Alexandria’s mobile commuter store will be located in the mezzanine weekdays from 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. At other times, customers can load their cards online or access machines on the south side of the station.
At Huntington Station, the walkway between the Huntington North garage and Huntington 3 (middle) garage will remain closed.
At Braddock Rd Station, the availability of bike racks will be limited due to ongoing construction staging.
Some passenger information displays may not be operational in the first days of service. Customers should listen for announcements from Metro employees or visit wmata.com for next train information, service status and trip planning.”
The station improvements are part of a major initiative by the transit agency to renovate 20 outdoor platforms in a three-year period. The Virginia stations closed for repairs in late May.