WHAT IS THE PLATFORM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT?

Starting Saturday, May 25, the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will be closed for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. The station closures are part of Metro’s three-year Platform Improvement Project (PIP) that will completely reconstruct the outdoor platforms at 20 Metrorail stations, making platforms safer and more accessible for customers with disabilities, while also addressing safety concerns and longstanding structural issues. The six stations that will be affected from Saturday, May 25 to Sunday, September 8 are Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield. During this time, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Huntington/Franconia-Springfield and Reagan National Airport.

 

To best handle the station closures, commuters should prepare and educate themselves by knowing their transportation options. goDCgo provides individual trip planning services for commuters to help plan the quickest and most affordable route to work.

UPCOMING METRO SERVICE DISRUPTIONS

 

YL May 25 – Sept 8 | Huntington to Braddock Road | Metrorail Stations Closed

 

BL May 25 – Sept 8 | Franconia-Springfield to Braddock Road | Metrorail Stations Closed

OPTIONS TO/FROM METRORAIL

Metrorail stations north of Braddock Road will be open. Commuters from the affected area can connect to open stations through free shuttle buses, Metrobus routes, DASH, Fairfax Connector, or biking.

 

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE will be available at all times Metrorail is open between stations. Four shuttle routes will operate every five minutes during rush hour and every 10 minutes midday, except the Blue Line Shuttle, which will run every 10-12 minutes during midday. Visit wmata.com/platforms for detailed shuttle schedules.

(see YL and BL shuttle maps above)

 

METROBUS provides five routes that connect Alexandria and Southern Fairfax residents to nearby Metrorail stations. Fares start at $2, cash or SmarTrip card, and service will be added on these lines during the project period.

  • 8Z – Quaker Lane to Pentagon Station
  • 10A – Huntington Station North to Pentagon Station
  • 10E – Hunting Point to Pentagon Station
  • 21A – Landmark to Pentagon Station
  • Metroway – Braddock Road Station to Crystal City & Pentagon City Stations

DASH is the City of Alexandria’s local bus service. Two DASH routes provide connections to nearby Metrorail stations. Fares start at $1.75, cash or SmarTrip card.

  • DASH AT3 – Hunting Point to Parkfairfax and Pentagon Metro
  • DASH AT4 – Parkfairfax and Pentagon Metro via Slaters Lane

FAIRFAX CONNECTOR provides bus service in Fairfax County and one line that services Springfield and a nearby Metrorail station. Local fares start at $2.00 and Express fares start at $4.25, cash or SmarTrip card.

  • Fairfax Connector Express 393/394/395 – Springfield to Pentagon Station
BIKING

Capital Bikeshare rates start at $2 for a Capital Bikeshare trip. With 31 stations in Alexandria and over 250 in the District, Capital Bikeshare is an easy and cost-effective way to navigate station closures and connect to the nearest open Metrorail stations.

  • Crystal City – 18th St and Bell St
  • Pentagon City – 12th St and S Hayes St

Dockless Scooters are currently available in the District and Alexandria. Scooters can easily be located and unlocked using the mobile app provided by the dockless scooter company.

 

Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) offers courses for bicyclists of all skill levels to help adults ride more comfortably and confidently.

OPTIONS TO/FROM DC

METROBUS offers two routes that connect directly from Alexandria to downtown DC. Metrobus Express pricing applies to the 11Y, which will also have additional service during the project period. Metrobus Express fares start at $4.25, cash or SmarTrip card.

  • 11Y – Mt Vernon to Potomac Park (19th St NW & Virginia Ave)
    [Express bus pricing]
  • 7Y – Southern Towers to Farragut West (H & 17th St NW)

VRE provides service Monday-Friday on its Fredericksburg and Manassas lines from Northern Virginia suburbs to Union Station and L’Enfant Station. Amtrak routes passengers to and from the King Street station and Union Station (WAS).

 

WATER TAXI

The Potomac Riverboat Company’s fleet of seven water taxis have routes connecting Old Town Alexandria to The Wharf and Georgetown, and to the Navy Yard on Nationals and DC United game days. You can choose from one-day, two-day, and single-ride ticket options. From the Water Taxi docks, you can connect to nearby local transit options.

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS

TELEWORK

Employees are allowed to perform their business duties outside the traditional office location.  Video conferencing group messaging and similar software help to preserve office culture.

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FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

Work shift variations that include flextime, compressed work weeks and staggered work hours.  Each represents an adjustment to the traditional 9-to-5, 8-hours-a-day schedule.

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RIDESHARE

A trip or ride that has multiple passengers headed in the same direction, the destination/origin do not need to be the same (ie carpooling, vanpooling, slugging, Lyft Line, uberPOOL, Via, and Waze Carpool).

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CARSHARE

Carsharing allows users access to a fleet of vehicles based on a timed reservation system or availability, and often includes gas, insurance, maintenance costs (ie Zipcar).

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HELPFUL APPS

TripGo

Find a quick and easy way to get in, out, and around DC in either the cheapest, quickest, or most environmentally friendly way possible.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

 

 

Google Maps

View maps and plan a trip by transit, walking, biking (or driving). Get real-time updates and notifications of delays and re-route accordingly.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

 

 

Waze

Navigate your driving route with peer recommendations on detours and road troubles.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

 

 

Capital Bikeshare

Download the app for current bike and station availability. Users can also access bikes and ride stats within app.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

Citymapper

Consider all public transit options in DC and plan a trip using this real-time app.

Available on:   iOS     Android   

 

 

 

TransitApp

Plan your trip, find departure times for all nearby transit lines, request an Uber, reserve a car2go or grab the closest Capital Bikeshare bike.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

 

 

DC Metro Transit

Real-time predictions for the DC Metrorail, Metro Bus, Circulator, PG County – The Bus, Fairfax CUE, and the UMD Shuttle.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

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EMPLOYER SERVICES

Your employees have many options for getting to work during platforms reconstruction surges. Help them choose sustainable, cost-effective and stress-free modes. goDCgo’s award-winning Employer Services team can help! Download goDCgo’s Toolkit for Employers or schedule a free workshop to help your employees navigate around the station closures.