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. Additionally, Metro will take this opportunity to connect new stations leading to Dulles International Airport to the Silver Line. As a result, the following stations will be closed beginning Saturday, May 23, 2020:
- Orange Line: East Falls Church, West Falls Church, Dunn Loring, Vienna
- Silver Line: McLean, Tysons, Greensboro, Spring Hill, Wiehle-Reston East
WMATA announced on June 24,, 2020 that six stations are reopening on August 16. These include the five “west-of-Ballston” Silver Line stations (McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill, and Wiehle-Reston East) plus one Orange Line station: West Falls Church.
Assuming the platform work continues at its current pace, the remaining three west-of-Ballston stations (Vienna, Dunn Loring, and East Falls Church) are expected to reopen around Labor Day.
The Virginia Square – GMU and Clarendon stations, which were closed due to COVID-19, reopened on June 28.
Learn more from WMATA’s April 23, 2020 press release.
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?
The free Guaranteed Ride Home program may provide free taxi rides to rescue commuters who are worried about how they’ll get home when an emergency arises. Rides are available Monday – Friday (excluding federal holidays) from 6 am – 10 pm. CLICK HERE to register and/or request a ride!
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 www.carpoolnow.org to download the app. CarpoolNow works like other popular ride-hailing services, except the driver earns 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. Metro shuttles are listed on their webpage; CLICK HERE for a map and listing of the shuttle routes.
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