Metro, regional transportation officials urge riders to plan ahead before summer station closures

Metro General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld was joined by other regional transportation managers Wednesday urging residents who use the Blue and Yellow lines that will impacted by this summer's platform reconstruction shutdown to make alternative travel plans before the project starts.

"As a region, we have been preparing for the start of this major capital project for more than a year, and the partnership with Northern Virginia has yielded a robust network of travel alternatives," Wiedefeld said in a statement. "Customers have many good options, but I encourage everyone to take the time to study the shuttle options, learn more about the bus routes that serve your neighborhood, and then be prepared to add an extra half hour to your regular travel time."

The summer project will close six Blue and Yellow line stations (Braddock Rd, King St-Old Town, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn St, Franconia-Springfield) beginning May 25 through September 8. Rail service south of Reagan National Airport will be replaced by five free shuttle routes.

Metro says the improvements will make the platforms safer and more accessible to customers with disabilities and will address structural issues.

Find complete project details online.