Metro data suggest about half of the typical ridership at the six closed stations south of Reagan National Airport found some other way to get around rather than taking shuttle buses in the first week of the closures.
Overall, the city said it looks like the worst traffic delays were not directly connected to the summer shutdown of six Metro stations south of Reagan National.
Looking to recover from a less-than-stellar start to the summerlong Blue and Yellow Line Metro shutdown, WMATA has announced that changes are coming to the shuttle buses that run between the Huntington and Pentagon stations.
The third workday into Metro’s shutdown of the six stations south of Reagan National Airport, commuters are still working out the best way to get to work.
One commuter recounted to WTOP his experience Tuesday, when a shuttle bus driver that was supposed to go toward the Pentagon ended up at the Anacostia Metro station.
The second full workday of Metro’s summerlong shutdown on the Blue and Yellow lines saw Metrobus delays, escalator outages at Reagan National Airport and stations and trains without air conditioning on the second day of a heat wave hitting the D.C. area.
The free shuttle buses planned for the Blue and Yellow Line shutdown that starts this weekend will not show up on real-time tracking websites or apps, at least at the start of the monthslong closure.
Metro’s shutdown will affect an estimated 17,000 riders per day. Residents in Alexandria are worried not only about the commute, but also about the noise associated with the platform work.
Problems with turning around trains in the middle of the line mean some Metro riders will see rush-hour service double next week, even as six other rail stations shut down for more than three months.
The WMATA Summer Platform Improvement Project is set to begin next weekend. Alexandria officials went before the City Council on Saturday to provide a final update on the project before construction and share more details about how commuters are likely to be impacted.
With a monthslong closing of six Blue and Yellow lines stations south of Reagan National Airport, Metro does not want passengers to be dissuaded from using the transit system. Their message: Many of you can still take the train.
Metro Board unanimously approved the plan for free parking at the three stations with parking lots — Franconia-Springfield, Huntington and Van Dorn Street.
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