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Yellow and Blue Line Shutdown 2022

Major Construction Project 2022

Starting Saturday, September 10, 2022, Metro will begin work to connect the future Potomac Yard Station with the mainline rail system and to rehabilitate the Yellow Line tunnel and bridge between Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza stations.

Passengers returning to Metrorail can look forward to top-of-the-line signal integration at Potomac Yard station, upgrade miles of communication cables used by multiple jurisdictions, and improved structural integrity of the Yellow Line tunnel and bridge.

Affected Stations

  • Braddock Road
  • King St-Old Town
  • Eisenhower Ave (YL)
  • Huntington (YL)
  • Van Dorn St (BL)
  • Franconia-Springfield (BL)

Learn More: Know the Details | Phase One Travel Options | Custom Assistance | Resources

Know the Details

Six Yellow and Blue Line stations will be experience disruptions until May 2023 and work will be split into two phases.

Phase One will take place from September 10 until October 22, 2022. Six stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on the Yellow and Blue line will be closed during Phase 1:


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Phase one travel options

September 10 - October 22, 2022

Free Shuttle Service

Seven free shuttles will be offered by WMATA, local, and express shuttles in Virginia along with three limited-stop shuttles crossing the Potomac River.

Local Shuttles

Available during all Metrorail operating hours

  • Blue Line Local service between Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn St, King St-Old Town, Braddock Rd, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stations every 10-20 minutes. 
  • Yellow Line Local service between Huntington, Eisenhower Ave, King St-Old Town, Braddock Rd, and Crystal City stations every 10-15 minutes. Yellow Line shuttles will not stop at Ronald Reagan Washington national Airport Station.

Express Shuttles

Available from 4:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. weekends

  • Blue Line Express: Franconia-Pentagon Express Service between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon stations every six minutes.
  • Yellow Line Express: Huntington-Pentagon Express service between Huntington and Pentagon stations every six minutes.

Limited Shuttles

Available during weekday rush hour only (5:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

  • The shuttle will stop at several locations in Alexandria along the George Washington parkway, including Huntington Point, Franklin Street, King Street, and Pendleton Street.
  • In DC, the shuttle will stop near the McPherson Square Station at 14th and I Streets, NW and near Farragut West Station at 19th and I Streets.
  • VA-DC Shuttle 1: Crystal City-L’Enfant Service between Crystal City, Pentagon City, Smithsonian, and L’Enfant Plaza stations every 12 minutes. Shuttles will not stop at Pentagon Station.
  • VA-DC Shuttle 2: Pentagon-Archives Service between Pentagon, Smithsonian, and Archives stations every 12 minutes.
  • VA-DC Shuttle 3: Mt. Vernon-Potomac Park (11Y Route) Service between Mt. Vernon, Alexandria, and Potomac Park every 20 minute. Peak direction service only.

Rail Service

  • No Metro service for Yellow and Blue Lines south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station.
  • No Yellow Line Metro service north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station – this will be served by Blue and Green Lines.
  • Additional Blue Line service departing every nine minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and New Carrollton stations. (every 15 minutes after 9:30 p.m.)
  • Blue Line riders traveling between Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza stations should plan on approximately 15 minutes of extra travel time.
  • Green Line trains will operate every eight minutes. (every 10 minutes after 9:30 p.m.)

Note: These times are predicted if the 7000-series trains continue coming back in service


DASH (Alexandria): Fare-Free

  • 103: Braddock Metro – Glebe Rd – Pentagon Metro (weekday rush hour service only)
  • 104: Braddock Rd – Cameron Mills Rd – Pentagon Metro (weekday rush hour service only)
  • 35: Van Dorn Metro – Beauregard St – Pentagon Metro

Fairfax Connector: Weekday Rush Hour Service Only

  • 393/394: Saratoga, Backlick, and Gambrill Commuter Lots – Pentagon Metro
  • 395: Gambrill Rd Commuter Lot – Pentagon Metro
  • 396: Backlick Commuter Lot – Pentagon Metro

OmniRide: Weekdays Only

  • D-100: Dale City – Washington
  • D-200: Dale City – Pentagon – Rosslyn - Ballston
  • D-300: Dale City – Washington Navy Yard
  • L-100: Lake Ridge – Washington
  • L-200: Lake Ridge – Pentagon – Crystal City
  • RS South Route 1: Dumfries – Woodbridge – Pentagon – Downtown Washington
  • MC Montclair: Montclair – Pentagon – Washington

Virginia Railway Express (VRE): Weekday Rush Hour Service Only

  • Trains will service both Union Station and L’Enfant Metro station.
  • Free fare for VRE during September only. For more information please visit VRE.org

Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Rail Service

Riders on the Red, Orange, Silver, and Green lines from Maryland or DC should transfer to the Blue Line at Metro Center.

Free Shuttle Service

Travel options from the six closed stations are:

  • Take the Blue Line Express from Franconia-Springfield and Huntington stations.
  • Transfer to the Blue Line at Pentagon Station.
  • Yellow Line riders should transfer to the Blue Line Local at King St-Old Town Station.
Reagan National Airport (DCA) Rail
  • Shuttles will be operated using a combination of standard Metrobuses and coach buses.
  • Accessible shuttles will be available at all affected stations.
  • MetroAccess paratransit is available for customers who are unable to use the accessible shuttles. For MetroAccess eligibility, an expedited process is available at the Transit Accessibility Center.
  • Fare vending machines are not accessible at closed stations. Review how to reload your SmarTrip card here.

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Custom Assistance for You

As WMATA continues to improves their services for our community, Arlington Transportation Partners can provide customized digital resources to avoid disruptions during the Yellow Blue Line Construction Project.

Understanding the commute

Discover the types of innovative transportation programs and benefits employers can implement to improve employees' commuting and workplace experience. Download the toolkit to learn more. 

Telework guide

Maintain business continuity with ATP’s complimentary assistance. Create and implement a telework plan for your company. We can also train your employees on how to maximize productivity outside of the office.

Flexible workplace guide

Determine which flexible workplace policies can work for your employees and learn the differences of flextime, compressed, and seasonal schedules. Download the guide today. 

Vanpool formation

Help your team move through traffic without the hassle, and take advantage of HOV increases in Alexandria. Employees can use their commuter benefits towards the cost of leasing, parking, and maintaining a van, while saving on tolls. ATP helps create vanpools and matches your employees to existing vans.

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Additional Resources

Download our flexible workplace guide         New Call-to-action        download the understanding the commute toolkit        Quick Glance: Pentagon City - Download Now


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