If you regularly travel on the east side of the Orange Line metro, it’s time to think about making other plans. Five metro stations will close all summer so their platforms can be upgraded, so if you’re using one of the affected stations, here’s what you need to know.
Which metro stations will close in the summer of 2022?
The five stations are all along the Orange Line in Maryland and DC:
- New Carrollton (Maryland)
- Landover (Maryland)
- Cheverly (Maryland)
- Deanwood (Northeast DC)
- Minnesota Avenue (Northeast DC)
While those stations are closed, there is no Orange Line service between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton. Orange Line trains only run between Vienna and Stadium-Armory.
How long will those metro stations remain closed?
The affected stations will be closed from May 28 (the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend) to September 5, Labor Day. All in all, that’s almost 10 weeks.
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Will other metro lines be affected?
Service on two other metro lines will be affected over the weekend in areas where these lines run in tandem with the Orange Line.
There is no Orange, Blue or Silver scheduled service between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton/Benning Road on weekends. The Orange Line only runs between Vienna and Ballston; riders will then have to transfer to/from the Silver Line as an alternative.
The Blue and Silver Lines will run in two segments over the weekend:
- Blue Line: between Stadium-Armory and Franconia-Springfield, and between Benning Road and Largo
- Silver Line: between Stadium-Armory and Wiehle-Reston East, and between Benning Road and Largo
The red, yellow and green lines are not affected.
Why are those stations closing?
They are closing for the final leg of Metro’s Platform Improvement Project. Metro is rebuilding platforms at outstations that have deteriorated from exposure to weather elements, the transit agency said.
Metro will also add new features to these stations, including non-slip tiling in the stations, LED lighting and illuminated handrails, and new platform canopies with power outlets and digital map/information displays.
What are Metro’s shuttle bus options?
During the station closures, both local and express shuttle buses will be available. The shuttle buses are free and will be used with a combination of standard Metrobuses and coaches, the transit agency said.
- between New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood, Minnesota Avenue and Stadium-Armory
- every 15-20 minutes, seven days a week, during Metrorail opening hours
- Express 1: Limited stops at New Carrollton, Landover and Stadium-Armory
- Express 2: Limited stops at Deanwood, Minnesota Avenue and Stadium-Armory
- every 10-15 minutes, seven days a week, during Metrorail opening hours
Blue/Silver Line shuttle service:
- between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road
- only on weekends
Which Metrobus Routes Work for Alternative Transportation?
Metro has provided a long list of Metrobus routes for riders to consider. Metrobus and Prince George’s County TheBus regular bus service will continue to operate at the closed stations.
- Metrobus F4: service to Prince George’s Plaza/Hyattsville Crossing & Silver Spring stations
- Metrobus F6: service to College Park-University of Maryland, Prince George’s Plaza/Hyattsville Crossing, West Hyattsville & Fort Totten stations
- Metrobus F12: service to Landover & Cleverly stations (closed)
- Metrobus F13: service to Cheverly station (closed)
- Metrobus F14: service to Addison Road and Naylor Road stations
- Metrobus G12 & G14: service to Greenbelt station
- Metrobus T14 & T18: Service to Rhode Island Avenue Station
- TheBus 16: service to Greenbelt . station
- TheBus 21: service to Largo Town Centre/Downtown Largo station
- Metrobus A12: service to Addison Road, Capitol Heights stations
- Metrobus F12: service to New Carrollton & Cheverly stations (closed)
- Metrobus F1 & F2: service to West Hyattsville and Takoma . stations
- Metrobus F8: Service to Prince George’s Plaza/Hyattsville Crossing Station
- Metrobus F12: service to Landover and New Carrollton stations (closed)
- Metrobus F13: service to New Carrollton station (closed)
- TheBus 18: service to Prince George’s Plaza/Hyattsville Crossing & Addison Road stations
- TheBus 23: service to Addison Road station
- Metrobus R12: Service to College Park-University of Maryland & Greenbelt stations
- Metrobus U7: service to Minnesota Avenue Station (closed)
- Metrobus V14: service to Addison Road Station
- Metrobus W4: service to Benning Road, Congress Heights & Anacostia stations
- Metrobus U5 & U6: service to Benning Road station
- Metrobus U7: service to Deanwood Station (closed)
- Metrobus V2 & V4: service to Capitol Heights, Anacostia Station, Potomac Avenue & Navy Yard-Ballpark stations
- Metrobus V7 & V8: service to Benning Road & Congress Heights stations
- Metrobus X2: service to Union Station, Gallery Place, Metro Center & McPherson Square stations
- Metrobus X9: service to Capitol Heights, Union Station, Gallery Place & Metro Center stations
What about parking at the concerned metro stations?
Free parking will be available for Metro customers at the five closed stations.
However, keep in mind that there will be fewer parking spaces at some of them: Landover (about 25% of the parking lot is closed); Cheverly (about 75% of the lot is closed) and Deanwood (about 50%).
In addition, the entire Minnesota Avenue station area will be closed from Saturday, May 28.