Summer 2019 Platform Improvement Project updates
2019 Platform Improvement Project highlights
Metro completed the first phase of the multiyear Platform Improvement Project in 2019, with six stations successfully reconstructed on the Blue and Yellow lines in Virginia.
October 11, 2019
Bus loop and Kiss & Ride construction to be completed by late fall
Here is the schedule for returning bus stops at the six Blue and Yellow line stations to their permanent locations.
Riders react to newly renovated Metro stations
We asked riders what they thought of the newly renovated Platform Improvement Project stations. Here's what they said.
Ensuring safety through emergency response training
The summer 2019 station closures were driven by a focus on improving customer safety, and Metro's Office of Emergency Management used the shutdown time to train more than 850 firefighters from across the Washington, DC region.
Welcome back, Blue & Yellow line riders!
On Monday, September 9, Metro welcomed riders back to the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Reagan National Airport.
Metro stations on Blue/Yellow lines to reopen on Monday as scheduled
On Monday, regular rail service will resume on the Blue and Yellow lines when the system opens at 5 a.m.
Metro prepares for return to service with continued testing at stations and on tracks
In the coming days as construction crews finish punch-list items, remove equipment and clean the stations, Metro operations teams are inspecting the tracks with Metro's specially designed track geometry vehicle.
Final installation and testing underway at stations
With 10 days left until the stations reopen, Metro and its contractors are teaming up to ensure all components that were replaced and repaired this summer have been tested for operational readiness.
Looking back at historic Franconia-Springfield Station photos
This commuter hub that opened 1997 is the southernmost point on the Blue Line.
Looking back at historic Van Dorn St Station photos
When Van Dorn St Station opened in 1991, it became Metro's 67th station and the first Blue Line only station south of Reagan National Airport.
Cooling off with iced coffee at Pentagon Transit Center
Yesterday we thanked shuttle bus customers at the Pentagon Transit Center for their patience during this summer's Platform Improvement Project with a small treat during their morning commute.
Looking back at historic Huntington Station photos
This was the first Metro station to open outside the Capital Beltway and also the first station in Fairfax County.
Construction update: one month out
Crews are focusing on installing the conduits and wiring for electricity and communication networks.
Looking back at historic Braddock Rd Station photos
Braddock Rd is next in our series of historic station photos.
Installation underway for new station improvements
As you'll see in today's construction update, crews have begun installation of the new features, including platform shelters, benches, Passenger Information Displays (PIDS) and new pylons.
Making improvements to more than just the platform under your feet
As we reconstruct the deteriorated platforms at the six stations south of Reagan National Airport to make them safer and more accessible, we’re also making improvements to enhance your experience.
Looking back at historic Eisenhower Ave Station photos
Eisenhower Ave Station is next in our series of historic station photos.
Platform tile installation begins and other construction updates
The demolished platforms are beginning to take shape again.
Metro is offering consideration of presumptive MetroAccess eligibility for customers impacted by this summer's Platform Improvement Project
MetroAccess Eligibility staff will be conducting visual assessment at Pentagon and Crystal City stations.
Looking back at historic King St-Old Town Station photos
We went down to the basement at Metro HQ and pulled out some photos from the archives.
Metro capitalizes on station closures to conduct additional infrastructure renewal work
During this summer's Platform Improvement Project, there's much more than platform reconstruction work underway.
Elimination of the Braddock Hump and other construction updates
This week marked an important milestone: the official elimination of the "Braddock Hump."
June 19, 2019
Multiple options available to reload your SmarTrip card during summer station closures
See which option works best for you.
June 13, 2019
Platform reconstruction overview and construction update
Before a new platform can appear under your feet, sections of the deteriorated platforms require extensive repair work and partial demolition.
Serving customers during the first week of the Platform Improvement Project
Shuttle buses are moving 26,000-34,000 boardings per day, larger than any shuttle operation during SafeTrack.
Metro seeks to improve Huntington-Pentagon Express after first week of shuttle service
During peak service periods, the Huntington-Pentagon Express will depart directly for Pentagon Station from both the south and north sides of Huntington Station, instead of serving both sides of the station as it did the first week of the shutdown.
First week construction progress
In the first days of the Platform Improvement Project, Metro employees and contractors have gone straight to work.
Metro and regional officials urge customers to finalize alternative travel plans as summer 2019 station closures approach
Officials urged residents affected by the shutdown to make their travel plans before the start of the project.
Station vicinity maps now available
These maps are excellent navigation tools that provide riders with information about exactly which bus routes and shuttles serve each station, and where you can find the bus stops you need.
Yellow Line service extends to Greenbelt beginning May 25
Metro will begin running all Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt more than a month earlier than expected. The service adjustment, originally scheduled to take effect in July, will allow Metro to provide more reliable service between the airport station, downtown DC and points north during the Platform Improvement Project's station closures.
Consider riding Metrobus this summer
Metro will be adding extra service to several routes, including Metroway, 8S/Z, 10A/E, 11Y and 21A/D.
May 14, 2019
Pop-up events at Van Dorn St & Huntington
The Platform Improvement Project team will be at Van Dorn St Station tonight from 4:30-7 p.m., happy to answer any questions you have about the project.
May 9, 2019
Getting the word out
With less than three weeks until the start of this summer's Platform Improvement Project, in-station customer notification is fully underway.
May 2, 2019
Construction crews build replica station platform to prepare for this summer's work
Leading up to this summer's Platform Improvement Project, Metro's contractor is now full steam ahead preparing the work sites and training their teams. Recently, the project team constructed a station platform "mock up" to help train and educate the workers who will be completely reconstructing several station platforms this summer.
April 25, 2019
Free parking at three stations for Summer 2019 Platform Improvement Project
Parking will be free at Franconia-Springfield, Huntington and Van Dorn Street stations.
April 18, 2019
Metro extends platform project by 6 days to permanently fix structural issue at Braddock Road
Following extensive inspections and engineering analysis, Metro and its contractor have identified additional structural modifications necessary to address a longstanding design issue at Braddock Road Station. The repairs are needed to ensure a safe platform surface that is level with train doors, a requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
March 29, 2019
Metro to relocate Kiss & Ride lots, bus stops ahead of summer Platform Improvement Project
In preparation for this summer's Platform Improvement Project at six stations on the Blue and Yellow lines, Metro's contractor, Kiewit, will soon begin constructing temporary bus loops at Huntington, Van Dorn Street, Braddock Road and Eisenhower Avenue stations. The temporary bus loops will accommodate free customer shuttles during construction and will be located in the stations' Kiss & Ride lots.
March 5, 2019
Metro announces travel options, customer website for Blue/Yellow line customers affected by summer platform reconstruction work
In collaboration with regional officials and transportation agencies, Metro today released travel alternatives and a detailed project website - wmata.com/platforms - to help customers begin planning for this summer's closure of the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. To expedite construction and minimize customer inconvenience, the six stations-Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield-will be closed from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, September 2, 2019, to allow for around-the-clock work.