Two Metro stations will be closed starting Saturday, July 21, through Monday, September 3 (Labor Day). The shutdown is necessary for Metro to repair the platform at Rhode Island Ave station, Metro's oldest outdoor station.
Metro has the following efforts planned to mitiage the impact on residents:
- Free shuttles between stations. Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Fort Totten and NoMa-Galludet U.
- Free express shuttles from closed stations to locations downtown. Metro will run free express shuttle buses during AM/PM rush hours between Brookland and Rhode Island Ave and the areas of Metro Center, Gallery Place and Union Station.
- G9 all day. The G9, which normally only runs during rush hour along the length of Rhode Island Ave, will operate during all hours the Metrorail system is open. The G9 was launched in March 2017 after Councilmember McDuffie secured funds for it in the D.C. budget.
- Temporary dedicated bus lane on Rhode Island Ave NE. Working with D.C. Department of Transportation, Metro will establish a new, temporary dedicated bus lane along Rhode Island Ave NE. The lane will operate Monday through Saturday from 7am to 7pm and is not scheduled to remain in place after the shutdown.
For full details visit www.wmata.com/redline
. Councilmember McDuffie has been engaging WMATA and other agencies to prepare for the shutdown for months, and his efforts are outlined in this post