Metro Track Work To Close Stations

The Washington Post just sent the following “breaking news” to its email list. Personally, I would call this “heartbreaking news.” The National Airport, Crystal City, and Pentagon City stations – on the Blue and Yellow lines – will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Tuesday due to pre-planned track work and extensive maintenance.

We suggest you take the bus

We suggest you take the bus

If you’ve got folks coming in to town for a visit, or are planning to leave town for a visit, and were planning to take the Metro to the Airport, you’ll have to settle for shuttle bus service from the Pentagon station. Taking the shuttle could add significantly to your travel time, so plan an extra hour if you need it.

I guess the up side is that riders on the Blue and Yellow lines this Labor Day weekend, will be able to experience what it must be like in other cities, with express trains? Yeah, I was seriously not reading that WMATA release closely enough.  We’ll be wishing we could move to those express-train-possessing cities, instead!

More info on the weekend’s disruption is available from both WaPo and WMATA.

2 Comments so far

  1. Laura (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2009 @ 9:17 am

    Yeah, right. Express trains? Try reading the post again. The tracks are completely closes between Pentagon City and DCA. As in get off the train, get on a shuttle, get back on the train. Absolutely unacceptable, Metro.

  2. ajw93 on September 2nd, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    Hm, you are correct…I was so stunned I guess I missed that para. when reading the WMATA release and just “assumed” they’d single-track it one at a time.

    This, WMATA, is why I can’t give up my car.


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