The Middle Tracks at the National Airport Metro Stop

I see that the middle set of tracks at the Airport stop are pretty well filled in with ice. It made me wonder – does this set of tracks get used when it’s not a dumping ground during times of inclement weather? I haven’t been riding the rails here long enough to know this and certainly don’t get as much use out of the airport as some other folks do. I am curious whether the rust on the tracks is from a long period of not being used or if it’s from the melting ice sitting there.

Icy Metro Tracks at Reagan National Airport

5 Comments so far

  1. Transit Foamer (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 10:55 am

    I’ve seen the middle track used for random maintenance and 6000 series rail car previews.


  2. Transit Foamer (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    Look what I found when I went hunting for that middle rail photo: ball sack instead of rail track! Flickr is wacked today.


  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

    Wayan, I told you before – stop posting pictures of yourself like that. Nobody wants to see your nut sack!


  4. DCDAVE (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 7:50 pm

    If I remember correctly, National Aiport used to be the terminus of the Yellow Line in Metro’s early years (and I am going off nothing but a faint memory of being in DC when I was like 6 or 7 years old…). If this was the case, then the center platform could have been designed to alternate between arriving trains and departing ones to maintain the schedule – sim to how the underground “third track” works at Mt Vernon Square. Just a guess..


  5. Mattie (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 11:26 am

    The center track was used for the blue line trains before the extension of the blue line to Van Dorn St. After that several blue line trains were turned there during rush hour. It has been used when there was construction on certain sides of the platform. Metro used to turn trains around short of the end of the line during rush hour but most trains now run to the end.



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