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Metro to Close Stations for as Long as 45 Days to Make Repairs

Two stations on the Red Line will be closed for 45 days in July through September

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    Metro says it will temporarily shut down four Metrorail stations this summer and fall -- closing some stations for as long as 45 days -- to make needed repairs. 

    The Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations will be closed for 45 days, from July 21 to Sept. 3 to complete structural repairs, the transit agency announced Tuesday. Also, there will be no Red Line service between the Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations during that time. 

    Then, the Crystal City and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stations will be closed for four days, from Nov. 2 to Nov. 5. 

    Additionally, Metro repairs are expected to cause delays in downtown D.C. for 16 days in August, the agency said. Metro will rebuild track infrastructure between that McPherson Square and Smithsonian stations on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. Trains there will continuously single track from Aug. 11 to 26.

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    The newly announced Rush Hour Promise program, which refunds riders if their trips are delayed by at least 15 minutes during rush hour, will not apply to delays related to some of this work. 

    Metro took the unprecedented step of shutting down the entire Metrorail system for more than 24 hours in March 2016. Emergency repairs were needed.

    Those repairs occurred after one Metro rider died and dozens were hurt Jan. 12, 2015 after a Metro train filled with smoke near the L'Enfant Plaza station. Carol Inman Glover, 61, of Alexandria, Virginia, was a beloved mother and grandmother who had just won her company's employee of the year award.

    Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.