Metrorail Station Platform Improvement Project
The Metro system’s outdoor station platforms have been exposed to weather conditions for over four decades and twenty have been identified in need of total platform reconstruction; the time has come to address the issue. Consequently, Metro will be focusing its 2020 group of platform replacements at the following Metrorail stations in Arlington County, VA and Fairfax County, VA:
- Dunn Loring
- West Falls Church
- East Falls Church
Metro has announced that the Vienna, Dunn Loring and East Falls Church Metrorail stations are anticipated to be closed from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. West Falls Church Station will remain open and serve as the western terminus of the Orange Line.
The East Falls Church Station will be closed to customers during the summer months; however, Orange and Silver line trains will be permitted to pass through the station using a single track through the work area.
Parking Limitations – Beginning March 15, 2020
Parking availability will be impacted at each of the above-listed Metrorail stations.
The East Falls Church station will have no daily parking available; the Kiss & Ride will be open for pick-up and drop-off only. Capacity at West Falls Church will be reduced by 50% (1,100 daily spaces will remain available). Minimal to no parking reductions will occur at Vienna and Dunn Loring. Learn more from WMATA’s February 14, 2020 press release.
What Are My Alternatives?
Commuters affected by the parking lot closures are encouraged to consider arranging formal carpools using the free Commuter Connections ridematching platform. New carpools comprised of three or more individuals may qualify for a maximum incentive of $130 for a 90-day period through the Commuter Connections ‘Pool Rewards program. An additional $100 may be awarded for carpools traveling along the I-66 corridor. Learn more at the ‘Pool Rewards webpage; scroll to the bottom for the “Pool Rewards for Carpools” section.
Commuters can also use Kiss & Ride lots or Park & Ride lots to form spontaneous casual carpools with the help of CarpoolNow. Carpool drivers picking up other commuters going to and from work can use the Commuter Connections CarpoolNow mobile app and will receive a $10 incentive payment per trip, up to $600 a year. Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play to download CarpoolNow on your smartphone. CarpoolNow works like other popular ride-hailing services, except the driver, earn money commuting to and from work and the passenger’s ride is free!
Free express and local shuttle bus service will be provided during station closures. Check back for further details in mid-March.
Other helpful links:
WMATA’s Platform Improvement Project webpage