Pentagon Station Closing – Presidents Day Weekend (Update)

by Lee Hernly, Editor
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Metro to Close Pentagon Station This Weekend

Metro’s plan for track work on the Blue and Yellow lines at Pentagon Station over the President’s Day weekend is quite complicated and will affect many travelers, so let’s go over the details now.

First, the station will be completely closed for the long weekend, from 10 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday, Feb. 16. No trains will go through. The workers will be on the tracks, replacing a switch that under normal circumstances allows trains to cross from one side to the other. At the same time, workers will do maintenance work on the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac, since trains won’t be running across it while the switch replacement is underway.

The Disruption

The Blue Line will operate between the Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon City, and also between Largo and Arlington Cemetery. The Yellow Line will operate only between Huntington and Pentagon City.

Train Schedule

Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 12 minutes during the day on Saturday and Monday. They’ll operate every 15 minutes during the day on Sunday. The Green Line trains will operate every eight minutes during the day Saturday through Monday. (Remember, the Yellow Line won’t be operating in the District, where it would normally share the same tunnel with the Green Line between L’Enfant Plaza and Fort Totten. Also note that Trip Planner, which is normally a great online tool for plotting a transit route, doesn’t adjust itself to these special circumstances.)

Shuttle Buses

To get riders around the work zone, Metro will operate special service on the Blue, Yellow and Green lines and will provide free shuttle bus service every five minutes between Pentagon City, Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza stations.

At Pentagon City, the shuttle buses will be on the southbound side of 12th and Hayes streets, in front of Macy’s. At Pentagon, the shuttles will be at the Pentagon Transit Center, upper level platform, U-7. At L’Enfant Plaza, they’ll be on the northbound side of the street at 7th Street and Maryland Avenue SW.

There won’t be any shuttles to Arlington Cemetery or Rosslyn. If you’d normally take the Blue Line to Rosslyn, then you’ll want to get off at Pentagon City and take the shuttle bus to L’Enfant Plaza and get back on a train there.

Pentagon Transit Center

From 7 a.m. Saturday through midnight Monday, Feb. 16, all the Metrobuses that normally use the Transit Center will be relocated to the Pentagon City Metrorail station. The buses will be stopping on the northbound side of the roadway at 12th and Hayes streets.

(H/T – Dr. Gridlock)

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