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It's Official: After Successful Test Runs, Northern Virginia Metro Stations Reopen Monday

Metro's summer shut down is coming to an end Sept. 9

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    NEWSLETTERS

    After Months of Closures, 6 Metro Stations Are Back Open

    After a shutdown that lasted the entire summer, the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Reagan National Airport reopened Monday morning. (Published Monday, Sept. 9, 2019)

    Six Metro stations along the Blue and Yellow lines are set to reopen Monday after a months-long renovation project.

    The Braddock Road, King Street-Old Town, Van Dorn Street, Franconia-Springfield, Eisenhower Avenue and Huntington stations are in line to be open in time for morning commuters.

    Metro sent the first test trains along rails south of the Reagan-National Airport station late Friday and early Saturday to check for proper alignment and clearance, WMATA said on Twitter. 

    No issues or concerns were identified, meaning the stations are cleared to open on Monday.

    Metro Summer Shutdown Worsens Alexandria Traffic

    [DC] Metro Summer Shutdown Worsens Alexandria Traffic

    Travel times on the road in Alexandria, Virginia, usually decrease during the summer. But this year, because of renovations to the Blue and Yellow lines, travel times have increased. News4's Adam Tuss has the story.

    (Published Monday, July 29, 2019)

    It's good news for riders who had to find alternative transportation, including taking shuttles or taking buses, since May.

    "It's been very difficult," rider Brittany Bryant said. "The traffic has been a lot worse than expected and the buses have been crazy crowded." 

    The stations were in immediate need of upgrades, especially to the platforms. In 2018, riders had to take an 8-10 inch step to get on and off trains at the Braddock Road station. One rider told News4 she fell and was badly bruised.

    Metro made other improvements, including repairing escalators and installing new digital displays for passengers.

    This summer shutdown was an early phase of a $15 billion upgrade project, Metro says.

    Riders will likely still see some construction equipment around, but the reopening will surely make Monday a bit better for commuters in Northern Virginia.

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