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City of Alexandria Requests Feedback on 2019 Metrorail Summer Shutdown

ALEXANDRIA, VA–The City of Alexandria is requesting input from residents, businesses and commuters to better understand how a planned 2019 shutdown of Alexandria Metrorail stations will impact people’s ability to travel through the city. Share your thoughts via the Metrorail Shutdown feedback form, which will remain open through December 14. 

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the Metrorail, Metrobus, and MetroAccess system in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, is closing all Metrorail stations south of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2019. The shutdown will allow WMATA to address necessary reconstruction of three outdoor station platforms. In addition to the summer shutdown, there will be repairs to the Van Dorn Metro platform in September 2019. This work will involve significant single-tracking on the Blue Line.

The City of Alexandria understands the need for investment in the Metrorail system to get it back to a state of good repair. We also recognize that this closure of stations in Alexandria and Fairfax County will be challenging for riders. Using lessons learned during SafeTrack, the City is working on measures to mitigate the impact on Alexandria riders and provide transportation alternatives.

Please fill out the feedback form to let City staff know your concerns and ideas regarding the shutdown of Alexandria Metrorail stations in summer 2019. Your input will be used in planning efforts, including the development of the City’s mitigation plan, which will be presented to City Council later this winter.

For more updates and additional information about the shutdown and how the City of Alexandria is working to minimize disruption and provide transportation alternatives during this work, visit

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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