Metro delays two-week closure of Huntington scheduled for this spring

Huntington station sign

A more than two-week closure of the Huntington Metro station that had been planned for this spring has been delayed until 2019, WMATA announced Tuesday. 

Metro had announced in June 2017 that Huntington would be closing for 16 days in May so that workers could rebuild interlocking and grout pads near the station. No new date for the work was announced today, but WMATA said the project has been pushed back until at least next year. 

Metro also announced four new capital projects for the second half of the 2018, but emphasized that no projects were expected to impact the system in the spring and “most of the summer.”

“We’re gearing up for the busy tourism season and, for many visitors, Metro is the best way to get to all the attractions,” Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld said in the press release. “We have made significant improvements in getting Metro back to good and want visitors to know that Metro is a convenient, affordable option to get around.”

Two of the four capital projects announced today will affect riders who use the Yellow Line from Huntington. 

The biggest adjustment for commuters will be a 14-day project after Thanksgiving weekend from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9. Metro will be making repairs and various infrastructure improvements to the Yellow Line Bridge, meaning Yellow Line service will only be between Huntington and Reagan National during that period.

The Rush Hour Promise, which gives riders credit on their SmartTrip Card if they are delayed for 15 minutes or longer during rush hour, will not be in effect on the Yellow Line during that stretch.

Earlier in November there will be a four-day project that affects Yellow Line users. The Reagan National and Crystal City stations will be closed from Nov. 2-5 (all of Friday through the end of the day Monday) for upgrades to switches outside of Reagan and the installation of new concrete pads under the rails on the elevated portion of the track near Reagan.

Shuttle buses will run between the Braddock Road and Crystal City stations during this project, and the Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect on the Yellow Line during the project’s two weekdays.

Read Metro’s full release here