Make a Plan: Metro Platform Improvement Project

Page updated on Jul 1, 2019 at 9:38 AM

Platform Improvement ProjectStarting Saturday, May 25, the six Blue and Yellow line metrorail stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will be closed for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. To expedite construction and minimize customer inconvenience, the following stations will remain closed through Sunday, September 8:

Braddock Rd; King St-Old Town; Eisenhower Ave; Huntington; Van Dorn St; Franconia-Springfield.

The station closures are part of Metro's three-year Platform Improvement Project that will completely reconstruct the outdoor platforms at 20 Metrorail stations, making platforms safer and more accessible for customers with disabilities, while also addressing safety concerns and longstanding structural issues.

Updates & Information

Plan Your Trip

Step 1: Determine the best travel option(s)

bus icon rail icon carpool water taxi bicycle walk

Step 2: Make a Plan

  • Customers should plan ahead and add an additional 30 minutes each way onto their normal commutes.
  • FREE commuter parking will be available at Franconia-Springfield, Huntington, and Van Dorn St.
  • Riders will not have access to the in-station fare vending machines to reload SmarTrip cards at the six closed Metrorail stations. SmarTrip cards can also be reloaded online and at Commuter Stores & retail locations. Customers are also encouraged to use Auto Reload.
  • Customers can also add funds to their cards using the GO Alex mobile store: 
    Day Mobile Store 1 Mobile Store 2
    Monday Braddock Rd Station (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.) King St Station (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.)
    Tuesday Mark Center (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.) Braddock Rd Station (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.)
    Wednesday Braddock Rd Station (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.) King St Station  (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.)
    Thursday King St Station (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.) Braddock Rd Station (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.)
    Friday Braddock Rd Station (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.) King St Station  (7a.m – 1:30 p.m.)
  • Temporary bike racks will be available at each closed Metrorail station.
  • Accessible buses for individuals in wheelchairs and other mobility devices will be available at all shuttle locations.
  • Use your DASH bus mobile app to purchase introductory $1 DASH fares.
  • Metro has created a Trip Planner specific to the Platform Improvement Project to help riders determine the best Metrobus and shuttle routes to travel around work zones  

Use Metro's Trip Planner

DASH is also offering assistance with trip planning during the closures: contact DASH at 703.746.3274, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free Shuttles

Metro will provide free shuttles and add extra service to local bus routes to help customers get around during Metro's Platform Improvement Project.

  • All shuttles will meet the first and last trains at their respective terminal stations.
  • Shuttle buses will run every five minutes during rush hours and every 15 minutes midday, except the Blue Line Shuttle, which will run every 10-12 minutes during midday.

Shuttle Bus Stops


Route Days Span
Franconia-Pentagon Express Monday-Thursday 4:45 a.m. - Midnight
  Friday 4:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Saturday 6:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Sunday 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Huntington-Pentagon Express Monday-Thursday 4:45 a.m. - Midnight
  Friday 4:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Saturday 6:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Sunday 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Landmark-Pentagon Express
Direct link between Landmark Mall & Pentagon
**weekday service only
Monday-Friday 4:45 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Blue Line Shuttle (operated by DASH)
**Does not stop at Braddock Road
Airport travelers should use this shuttle
Monday-Thursday 4:30 a.m. - Midnight
  Friday 4:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Yellow Line Shuttle
**Does not stop at National Airport
Monday-Thursday 4:30 a.m. - Midnight
  Friday 4:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
  Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Water Taxi: Alexandria to DC

During the Metrorail shutdown, the Potomac Riverboat Company will offer six new morning runs from Old Town Alexandria to The Wharf in the District. City residents and individuals who work in Alexandria will be eligible for partial reimbursement of the cost of this new service. The first commuter routes depart from Alexandria at 6:40 AM and from The Wharf at 6:05 AM. The ride is estimated to take 25 minutes.

Commuter Round-Trip Tickets and 2019 Commuter Passes will be reimbursed at the following rates:

Ticket Type Cost Reimbursement
Commuter Round-Trip Ticket $10 $8
2019 Commuter Pass $199 $100

Submit your receipt with the Water Taxi Reimbursement Application to apply for reimbursement.

Visit for more details about the Water Taxi schedule, service, tickets, and access.

Landmark Mall Parking and Permits

The City has leased 400 parking spaces at Landmark Mall to facilitate carpooling and ridesharing during the Metrorail shutdown.

  • Parking is free, but a City-issued permit is required.
  • Designated parking spaces are located on the first floor of the parking garage in Rows K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, and S.
  • Vehicles parked in other spaces (even with a permit) will be towed.

How do I get a permit?

Please contact to request a parking permit. 

Reduced Rates at City Garages

Starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, evening (after 5PM) and weekends rates have been reduced at City garages and lots. Courthouse Garage (#8 in the map below) offers a $1 flat rate and all other City garages and lots (indicated by an * on the map below) will offer a $2 flat rateSee the map for specific locations. 

Alternative Travel Options

bus iconBus Options

DASH and King Street Trolley
Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus system provides safe, reliable, and courteous bus service within the City of Alexandria! DASH connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and all local bus systems. In addition to operating shuttles, DASH will add extra weekday, off-peak trips to the AT3 and AT4 (which has service to the Pentagon) this summer. The King Street Trolley will be extending operating hours to better coincide with the Water Taxi's schedule. 

Bus service operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) servicing Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Metro will provide enhanced Metrobus service on the 10A, 10E, 8Z, and 11Y. See the Metro Trip Planner for more information.

Fairfax Connector
Local bus system that provides service within Fairfax County, and connects to Metrobus, Metrorail stations, Virginia Railway Express, and other local bus systems.

PRTC provides commuter bus service along the I-95 and I-66 corridors to points north and local bus services in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

Best Bus
Bus service that offers routes from Franconia-Springfield to Dupont Circle and Union Station.

Bus service that offers a route from Franconia-Springfield to Union Station.

bicycleBicycles and Scooters

Alexandria Bikeways Network Map
This map includes on and off-street bikeways, Capital Bikeshare stations, safety tips, useful phone numbers and resources, and more. 

Capital Bikeshare Stations
With Capital Bikeshare, you can choose from nearly 400 stations in the region, and return a bike to any station near your destination.

Dockless Mobility (eBikes/Scooters)
Private companies operate shared mobility devices (such as dockless bicycles and scooters available for rent) in Alexandria as part of a pilot program.

Metro Bicycle Policy
Bicycles are welcome on Metrorail during all hours; however, they are not allowed on crowded railcars.

VRE Bicycle Policy
Collapsible bicycles are permitted on all trains. Full size bicycles will only be allowed on the last three northbound, the mid-day, and the last three southbound trains on each line.

rail iconRail Options

Rail system that provides commuter-oriented rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, D.C., along the I-66 and I-95 corridors.  

Service that connects to Union Station.  

carpoolCarpools and Vanpools

Service that allows you to share a ride to work with coworkers who live nearby. Enterprise provides a recent-model SUV, crossover or van. Everyone splits the costs and driving duties, saving you valuable time and money.

A free, personalized ridematching service for carpoolers and vanpoolers. Through the use of an extensive regional database, OmniMatch links commuters who have similar work hours, origination and destination points.

Waze Carpool
An app that allows carpoolers to choose riders & drivers based on profiles, star ratings, distance, and price. Filter by gender, coworkers, or custom groups to find your best match, and schedule a Carpool. Riders enjoy $2 rides until June 30.* No special code is needed, just download Waze Carpool from the App Store or Google Play and use it anywhere in the D.C. area.

Vanpool Alliance
A public-private partnership to support vanpool riders and providers in northern Virginia. 

Slug Lines
Drivers volunteer to pick-up riders for free to meet the three-person requirement on HOV-3 lanes; riders volunteer to ride with the drivers for a free ride.

water taxiWater Taxi

Potomac Riverboat Company
Water commute connecting Alexandria to DC via the Potomac River. This summer, the Potomac Riverboat Company is adding some additional morning trips to from Old Town to the Wharf in D.C. 


Get tips on walking to work and whether it's right for you.

Station Information

View alternate travel options for each Metrorail station.


Below are links to WMATA shuttle and route maps.