WASHINGTON - The closures of the Reagan National Airport and Crystal City Metro stations for track work is causing major issues for travelers riding on Metro as well as commuters trying to get to the airport during the evening rush Friday night.
In order to bypass the Metro stations that will be closed until Tuesday, shuttle buses are being provided at the Braddock Road, Reagan National Airport, Crystal City and Pentagon City stations.
Metro riders ended up encountering huge lines for these shuttles.
Our Operations team is currently monitoring the shuttle crowding between Pentagon City & Braddock Road, including National Airport. The mix of traffic & weather are impacting our ability to continuously move our shuttles. We apologize for the delays this is causing. #wmata 1/2— Metro (@wmata) November 10, 2018
#wmata suggests for customers at Pentagon City to consider Metroway bus service between Pentagon City, Crystal City and Braddock Road. Those at National Airport will unfortunately experience longer waits while we move more buses in that direction. 2/2— Metro (@wmata) November 10, 2018
However, patience was running thin for many.
Not easy to see, but this is the line for shuttles at Pentagon City to get on shuttles going in the direction of Braddock Road. Glad my flight isn’t till 8. @JWPascale @wmata pic.twitter.com/DFIGvA02tC— Adrienne Jacobs (@adriennerj) November 9, 2018
Line has now curved around, so it’s the entire length of the hallway - twice. Bonkers. pic.twitter.com/b3Vj3Gruux— Adrienne Jacobs (@adriennerj) November 9, 2018
@wmata If this Yellow/Blue Line shutdown is any indication on how you’re going to handle next year’s summer shutdown, you may want to reconsider. The situation at Pentagon City right now is chaos. #PentagonCity #WMATA pic.twitter.com/k0nkZtu68G— Tanner Bokor (@tannerbokor) November 9, 2018
Just got home from this nightmare. This is unacceptable WMATA. It is a holiday weekend! The airport is teeming with stranded passengers. Roads are at a standstill and the sidewalks are filled with folks running from Crystal City to the airport to catch a flight. WTF!— Laura Henne (@lauraehenne) November 9, 2018
Metro shuts down two major lines past ya in pentagon city. Man I’m glad I live here. These people are ALL waiting for shuttles. This is downstairs imagine what’s up on the street #EInsteinFellows18 pic.twitter.com/cO682YPF5Y— Dr. Pascale Creek Pinner (@PascaleCreek) November 9, 2018
The residual effects of the Metro station closures were being felt on the roads as well. Reagan National Airport officials warned riders about battling traffic congestion while heading to the airport by vehicle.
⚠Traffic is congested on airport roadways due to heavy rain 🌧 and the closure of the airport metro station🚊 for @wmata track work.— Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) November 9, 2018
Avoid circling airport roadways and use Terminal Garages, where parking 🅿 is free for up to 60 minutes. pic.twitter.com/pl8KIdO7Cf
⚠️ Traffic is gridlocked at the airport due to @wmata’s shutdown of 2 stations, including ours. Metro’s free shuttles are also facing long wait times. We apologize for any inconvenience during this regional traffic issue. Passengers should leave extra time coming to the airport.— Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) November 9, 2018
It has taken me over an hour to go the last mile to DCA... people are getting out of their cars and walking to their flights.— Rob Morgan (@RobAMorg) November 9, 2018
@wmata it is unacceptable to have the DCA metro closed. I left my house nearly two hours ago and we have been at a standstill just outside of the exit for the airport now for 20 min. I am going to miss my flight and I will like you to reimburse me. @dcmetrosucks pic.twitter.com/Kh06isdnzs— CaitSeraSera (@cait_sera13) November 9, 2018
Note to the general public. If you’re flying from @Reagan_Airport while the metro is closed, allow 2.5-3 hours to get there. The last 50 minutes of the journey was just the airport road to departures. Good luck to this line of people trying to go home. @dcmetrosucks @wmata pic.twitter.com/qLBDMF5V8j— CaitSeraSera (@cait_sera13) November 9, 2018