Yellow Line Metrorail Closures Starting September 10

Published on August 29, 2022

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will conduct two simultaneous projects that will have significant impacts on Metrorail’s Yellow Line starting Saturday, Sept. 10: preparations for connecting the new Potomac Yard Metro station and rehabilitation of the Yellow Line tunnel and bridge between L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon Metro stations.

During this time, there will be periods of service adjustments on the Blue and Yellow Lines including at Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Pentagon Metro stations located in Arlington. There will be no Metrorail service between Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza stations. Work is expected to be completed by May 2023.

Phases of Work

The project will take place in two overlapping phases between September 2022 and May 2023.

PHASE ONE: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22, 2022

  • The Yellow Line will be out of service
  • There will be no rail service south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metro station 
  • Yellow Line stations north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station will be served by the Blue or Green Lines 
  • Additional Blue Line trains will operate every seven to nine minutes between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and New Carrollton stations (every 15 minutes after 9:30 p.m.) 
  • Blue Line customers traveling between Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza Metro 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: If 7000-series trains remain out of service, trains will operate less frequently 

PHASE TWO: Oct. 23, 2022 – May 2023 

  • All stations will reopen but the Yellow Line will remain out of service
  • Metro rail service will resume south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station via the Blue Line
  • All Yellow Line stations will be served by the Blue or Green lines. Blue Line trains will operate every 12 minutes between Largo Town Center and Franconia-Springfield stations and every 12 minutes between Huntington and New Carrollton stations (every 15 minutes after 9:30 p.m.) 
  • Green Line trains will operate every eight minutes (every 10 minutes after 9:30 p.m.) 

WMATA will provide free shuttle bus service at affected stations.

Impact on Arlington Residents

Travelers from the Crystal City and Pentagon City area should consider other modes of public transportation to reach Washington, D.C., and the City of Alexandria to avoid single-occupancy vehicle congestion. Arlington Transit (ART) Bus, Metrobus, and Metroway offer a variety of routes to bypass the Yellow Line closures at Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Pentagon Metro stations. 

The Blue Line will continue to provide service between the airport and L’Enfant Plaza station as an alternative for Yellow Line customers. Rosslyn Metro station passengers should expect additional crowding on Blue Line trains as passengers reroute from the Yellow Line.

Blue Line trains will have increased frequency and will leave every seven to ten minutes between Ronald Reagan National Airport and New Carrollton Metro stations.

In addition to WMATA’s shuttles, information about additional modes of transportation in Arlington—including bikes and free Virginia Railway Express (VRE) service in September and October—can be found on the County's Yellow Line page.

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