Weekend Wakeup: Reagan airport Metro station closed

Dave Dildine and Tim Bracken, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Weekenders will enjoy a smooth trip on most of the roadways around the Nation’s Capital this weekend but track work will slow Metro riders on four of the system’s five rail lines. The scheduled work zones will affect travel on the Red, Orange, Yellow and Blue lines.

The rail improvements may affect Metro customers with itineraries at Reagan National Airport. The Metro station at Reagan will be closed. Trains will not operate between the Crystal City and Braddock Road stations on the Blue and Yellow lines between 10 p.m. Friday through system closing Sunday night.

Two types of shuttle buses will be available outside the Crystal City and Braddock Road stations. Express buses will route passengers directly between the two stations. Air travelers should look for local buses that will stop at National Airport. Rail customers with outbound flight plans should add at least 15 minutes to their estimated travel time.

On the Red Line, scheduled maintenance will close the Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland and Fort Totten stations. Free buses will operate in place of trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma. WMATA says delays of up to 40 minutes are possible.

Orange Line trains will share tracks between East Falls Church and West Falls Church and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly this weekend.

Metro update

Weekend Metro construction begins Friday at 10 p.m. and continues through system closing Sunday.

Red Line

  • Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland and Fort Totten stations will be closed.
  • Red Line trains will only operate between Glenmont and Takoma, and between NoMa-Gallaudet and Shady Grove.
  • Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma.
  • WMATA advises that anyone using shuttle buses should add 40 minutes to their trip.

Blue Line

  • The Reagan National Airport station will be closed.
  • Blue Line trains will only operate between Crystal City and Largo Town Center, and between Braddock Road and Franconia-Springfield.
  • Free shuttle buses will replace Blue Line trains between Crystal City and Braddock Road.
  • Anyone using shuttle buses should add a minimum of 15 minutes to their trip.

Yellow Line

  • The closure of the Reagan National Airport station will affect Yellow Line travel.
  • Free shuttle buses will replace Yellow Line trains between Crystal City and Braddock Road.
  • Yellow Line trains will only operate between Crystal City and Mt. Vernon Square, and between Braddock Road and Huntington.
  • Anyone using shuttle buses should add a minimum of 15 minutes to their trip.

Orange Line

  • Orange Line trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church, and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly.
  • Orange Line delays will be at least 15 minutes.

Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Beginning Sunday at 9 a.m., participants will gather at the U.S. Capitol for the Women’s Suffrage March re-enactment.

The 3.1-mile parade route will begin at the Capitol and continue along Pennsylvania Avenue to the grounds of the Washington Monument, where closing remarks will take place.

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