Track Work to Close Pentagon Metrorail Station on Presidents' Day Weekend
Track Work to Close Pentagon Metrorail
Station on Presidents' Day Weekend
Free shuttle bus service available to get riders around the station closure
For immediate release: February 9, 2009
This weekend, Metro will undertake a major track rehabilitation project on the Blue and Yellow lines that will close the Pentagon Metrorail station for three days. Metro will operate special service on the Blue, Yellow and Green lines and will provide free shuttle bus service between the Pentagon City, Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail stations to get riders around the closure.
Metro personnel will replace rail switches, fasteners and stud bolts at the Pentagon Metrorail station and will conduct preventive maintenance on the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac River from 10 p.m., Friday, February 13, to midnight, Monday, February 16. A rail switch or “interlocking” is an intersection in the track where trains “switch” from one track to another. This work must be done to ensure quality service and safe operation through the Pentagon Metrorail station.
Riders should visit Metro’s Web site at www.metroopensdoors.com to review service changes for this weekend and identify where they are traveling to and from to determine whether the trip will require the free shuttle bus service.
Presidents’ Day weekend service pattern
The Pentagon Metrorail station will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, February 13, to midnight, Monday, February 16.
Metro will provide free shuttle bus service every five minutes between the Pentagon City (shuttle bus location on the southbound side of 12th and Hayes St., in front of Macy’s), Pentagon (shuttle bus location at the Pentagon Transit Center, upper level platform, U-7) and the L’Enfant Plaza (shuttle bus stop location, northbound at 7th St., and Maryland Ave SW) Metrorail stations starting at 10 p.m., Friday, February 13, until midnight, Sunday, February 16.
Metro will not operate shuttle bus service to the Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn Metrorail stations. Customers traveling north of the Pentagon City Metrorail station will need to board a free shuttle bus at the Pentagon City Metrorail station and ride to the L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail station to continue onto the Rosslyn or Arlington Cemetery Metrorail stations. Orange and Blue Line riders traveling south of the Pentagon Metrorail station will need to ride to the L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail station and catch a free shuttle bus to the Pentagon and Pentagon City Metrorail stations.
Beginning at 7 a.m., on Saturday, February 14, and continuing through midnight on Monday, February 16, all Metrobus service will be relocated from the Pentagon Transit Center to the Pentagon City Metrorail station. Regular Metrobus service will be located northbound on 12th and Hayes St.
The Blue Line will operate between the Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon City Metrorail stations, and between the Largo Town Center and Arlington Cemetery Metrorail stations. During the winter months, the Arlington Cemetery Metrorail station closes at 7 p.m.
The Yellow Line will only operate between the Huntington and Pentagon City Metrorail stations.
All Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 12 minutes during the day on Saturday, February 14, and Monday, February 16. All Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 15 minutes during the day on Sunday, February 15. All Green Line, trains will operate every 8 minutes during the day from Saturday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16.
To alert customers about this work, Metro will place notices on station kiosks, and make train and system announcements. Additional information is available on Metro’s web site at www.metroopensdoors.com.
The Trip Planner, located on Metro’s Web site, will not reflect the impact of this work on its schedules. Customers should allow more time for their trips because of this work. For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, customers may call (202) 637-7000 or TTY (202) 638-3780.
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