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Rise & Shine! Six Blue & Yellow Line stations reopened this morning after our 3 month shutdown for the Platform Improvement Project. ————— Metro crews and contractors rebuilt the platforms and portions of the track during the shutdown, along with installing new customer features like slip-resistant tiles, USB/outlet chargers and new next train signs (seen in this picture) ———— Welcome back to your newly renovated stations! #wmata #publictransport #metrorail #virginia #dcmetro #subway #igdc #metrodc #mydccool #alexandriava #metrostation #subwaystation #publictransit #transit #transport
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Following three and a half months of construction, disrupted travel patterns and alternative commuting options, the longest shutdown in Metro history has officially ended. Starting yesterday, NoVA commuters now have the option to return to the six Blue and Yellow Line stations—Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield—that were not in commission during Phase I of the Platform Improvement Project, as contractors reconstructed outdoor platforms and various other amenities. From pure excitement regarding new features to frustration with unexpected delays, here’s a look at how commuters in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC area are adjusting to the reopening of the stations on Monday, Sept. 9.
I moved in May, the weekend of the shutdown. Today I’ll experience a normal commute for the first time #wmata
— TKBlueline (@tkblueline) September 9, 2019
— Socratic Inquisition (@SocraticInquis1) September 9, 2019
— James Pizzurro (@jamespizzurro) September 9, 2019
— Danielle Wolf (@housetohalfgo) September 9, 2019
— Perry Cooper (@PerryECooper) September 9, 2019
— StikeDC (@StikeDC) September 9, 2019
On Blue line that just left Franconia Springfield. Lots of employees around. Still work left to do in station but the basics are working. While Metro deserves much of the criticism they receive, you have to give them credit for the express bus service this summer. #wmata
— James Sun (@jamessun) September 9, 2019
The results are in from this morning’s rush hour (sorry these are a little late!): 72% and 41% headway and schedule adherence, respectively, for the Blue Line; 66% and 48% for the Yellow Line. #wmata
— MetroHero (@dcmetrohero) September 9, 2019
— Michael Hechter (@enviroMHint) September 9, 2019
In conjunction with the reopening of the Metro stations, many restaurants, shops and attractions within the city of Alexandria are offering promotional deals to individuals with a Metro SmartTrip Card until Sept. 15. From local hotel packages to expanded happy hours at nearby restaurants, here’s everything you could save on this week in Alexandria.
This is the final piece in our Summer Platform Improvement Project coverage. See all coverage of the summer shutdown here.