In case you were wondering like I was why the Metrorail trains were running at slow speeds between National Airport station and the Crystal City station, this article from the Washington Post may explain why.
If you were thinking about using Metrorail to goto Pentagon City, the airport, or downtown Washington, you may want to rethink your plans this weekend. Metrorail is closing the National Airport, Crystal City, and Pentagon City stations from this Friday night (Sept 4, 2009) thru 5am Tuesday (Sept 8,2009).
Metro will shutter Reagan National Airport Station this weekend, forcing Labor Day weekend travelers to use shuttle buses or other forms of transportation during what could be one of the busiest holidays of the decade…
The closures are the result of long-planned track work, Metro said. Regular service is expected to resume in time for Tuesday morning’s rush hour.
Shuttle bus service will be provided between the Pentagon Station and the airport, but passengers should add 30 to 45 minutes of travel time to and from the airport “or they should consider using alternate transportation to the airport,” said Metro spokesmanSteven Taubenkibel,
Officials believe this is the first time the airport station has closed for a three-day weekend since it opened in 1977. It’s not uncommon for Metro to close sections of track for maintenance over long weekends, but it is highly unusual to close a major stop such as the airport station.
UPDATE: It appears that the Metro Board Members (including our own Mayor Euille) were caught off guard by Metro’s announcement.