Metro to close 19 stations until further notice throughout the DMV

As Metro’s Pandemic Task Force continues to monitor the threat of COVID-19, it has decided to shutdown additional stations to reduce the risk of exposure in the region.

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On the evening of March 24, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority announced the closure of 17 additional stations throughout the DMV, effective Thursday, March 26, in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to employees and save critical cleaning supplies for the remaining stations as the coronavirus spreads.

According to WMATA, Metrorail ridership has declined 90% in recent weeks. As a result of this, as well as a need to conserve essential supplies used by front-line employees, WMATA has decided to close a total of 19 stations. Metro is currently awaiting the delivery of a massive supply order, including items like hospital-grade disinfectant, wipes and hand sanitizer, that was placed in late January.

Find a complete list of all 19 closed Metro stations, below. Of the 19, the top nine are within walking distance or close proximity to stations that remain open.

  • Federal Center SW
  • Federal Triangle
  • Mt Vernon Square
  • Judiciary Square
  • Archives
  • Greensboro
  • Eisenhower Avenue
  • Virginia Square
  • Cleveland Park
  • Grosvenor-Strathmore
  • Cheverly
  • Clarendon
  • East Falls Church
  • College Park
  • McLean
  • Morgan Boulevard
  • Van Dorn Street
  • Smithsonian (has been closed for one week)
  • Arlington Cemetery (has been closed for one week)

WMATA has also closed some entrances of stations to conserve cleaning supplies and create additional flexibility for its workforce. According to Metro, the combined effect of station and entrance closures reduces the number of entrances requiring cleaning and staffing from 118 to 88, a 25% decrease.

For more updates on how Northern Virginia is managing the widespread threat of COVID-19, click here

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