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Orange Line riders get a preview of this summer’s planned closure of five Orange Line stations


photo by Barbara Krawcowicz

From WMATA:

“Metro is reminding Orange Line riders to plan ahead for scheduled track work on May 7-8 and May 15-16, as construction crews prepare for this summer’s planned closure of five Orange Line stations east of Stadium-Armory from May 28-September 5, 2022. In coordination with the work for the Platform Improvement Project, Metro will also repair several aerial structures on this portion of the Orange Line and install station improvements.

In early May, the weekend closures will allow crews to finish demolishing mezzanine tile, begin installation of slip-resistant tiles in the mezzanines, complete crack repairs, install platform shoring, run conduit and install safety handrails around the platform canopies. During this time crews will also pour concrete at several bridges on the Orange Line segment to prepare for bridge bearing replacements that will occur during the station closures.

As part of the project, Metro is also advising customers of changes on the Blue and Silver lines on weekends through the summer when work will extend to the aerial structure between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road. Free shuttle buses will replace trains, with service suspended between the two stations. Additionally, Orange Line service will instead operate between Vienna and Ballston on weekends.

SERVICE INFORMATION:

Free shuttle bus service offered during the upcoming weekends will replicate the free shuttle service customers can expect to see this summer:

During the weekends of May 7-8 and 15-16, Orange Line service will end at Stadium-Armory. The free shuttle buses offered on the Orange Line will replicate the service customers can expect to see this summer during weekdays.

Due to these weekend shutdowns and other pre-construction activities, customers are advised that parking restrictions and bus relocations will be in effect at all five stations. Below is the complete rail and shuttle service plan for the upcoming weekends, which includes some work in other areas of the system that is unrelated to the summer shutdown:

Weekend of May 7-8

No rail service between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton.
New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood and Minnesota Ave stations closed.
Orange Line trains will operate between Vienna and Stadium-Armory.
Free shuttle buses will operate as follows:
Local service between New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood, Minnesota Ave and Stadium-Armory.
Express service with limited stops at New Carrollton, Landover and Stadium-Armory.
Express service with limited stops at Deanwood, Minnesota Ave and Stadium-Armory.

Weekend of May 14-15

No rail service between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton and between College Park and Greenbelt.
New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood, Minnesota Ave and Greenbelt stations closed.
Additional service details will be available the week prior to the closure at wmata.com/weekend.
Free shuttle buses will operate as follows:
Local service between New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood, Minnesota Ave and Stadium-Armory.
Express service with limited stops at New Carrollton, Landover and Stadium-Armory.
Express service with limited stops at Deanwood, Minnesota Ave and Stadium-Armory.
Local service between College Park and Greenbelt.

Summer, beginning May 28

Weekends

Rail Service

No rail service between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton and between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road.
New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood, and Minnesota Ave stations closed.
Orange Line trains operate between Vienna and Ballston. Customers should transfer to/from the Silver Line at Ballston to continue their trip.
Blue and Silver line trains will operate in two segments: between Largo and Benning Rd and between Stadium-Armory and Franconia-Springfield/Wiehle-Reston East.

Free Shuttle Bus Service

Local service between New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood, Minnesota Ave and Stadium-Armory.
Express service with limited stops at New Carrollton, Landover and Stadium-Armory.
Express service with limited stops at Deanwood, Minnesota Ave and Stadium-Armory.
Local service between Benning Rd and Stadium-Armory.”

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