Here’s the need-to-know info on Metro’s upcoming closing of Four Orange Line stations

As part of Metro’s Platform Improvement Project, summer 2020 will bring the shutdown of several Orange Line stations east of Dulles Airport.

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Come May, hundreds of workers in the Northern Virginia region will once again be tasked with finding alternative routes to their daily commutes as a result of WMATA’s three-year Platform Improvement Project.

At the end of 2019, Metro had completed construction work on six Blue and Yellow Line platforms—Braddock Road, King Street-Old Town, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield—in phase one of the project.

Next on Metro’s agenda is the renovation of several outdoor platforms on the Orange Line. Vienna, Dunn Loring and East Falls Church stations will be closed for 24/7 construction, while West Falls Church will remain open because it is equipped with two platforms that can be reconstructed one at a time, Metro announced in a recent press release. As of now, the scheduled closures will begin Memorial Day weekend and continue through the end of August.

While at the end of 2019, WMATA was expected to turn its attention to several Green and Yellow Line trains in 2020, the company announced in early December that it would postpone the work and instead focus on changes to the Orange Line, due to scope and cost, according to the The Washington Post.

WMATA is in the middle of its $300 million to $400 million, multi-year capital project to rebuild outdoor platforms at 20 stations, which is discussed in more detail here.

As of now, Metro is still finalizing plans, and has announced it will update commuters with further details in March.

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