Those who use Metrorail to travel to parts of downtown D.C. won’t be able to do so for nearly a week due to preparations for the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration.
Eleven stations will close Friday and another two Saturday until the day after the inauguration for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The safety measures are being put in place after insurrectionists who support President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, resulting in five deaths and numerous injuries and arrests.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said in a press briefing Thursday the transit agency is working with the Secret Service to rearrange the travel of those stations near or along the National Mall.
Because the inauguration is designated as a National Special Security Event, Secret Service is in charge of security measures.
“We are trying to get the word [out] that these facilities will not be open,” Wiedefeld said. “It’s a very tough situation. It’s the safety of that area. The message is, ‘Please don’t travel.’”
The stations scheduled to close Friday are: Farragut North, Judiciary Square and Union Station along the Red Line; Archives for the Green and Yellow lines; Arlington Cemetery on the Blue Line; and Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Center SW, Capitol South, Smithsonian and Federal Triangle that service the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
Two main transfer hubs — Gallery Place and Metro Center — will shut down starting Saturday.
Trains will run past the closed stations without stopping.
In terms of when trains will run, the Metrorail schedule will be from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule and run every 12 minutes on the Red Line and every 15 minutes on all other lines.
Metro will detour 26 bus routes, but maintain normal weekday and weekend schedules. A Saturday schedule will run on inauguration day. Metro encourages riders to allow for additional travel time due to detours and road closures around the downtown zone.
Wiedefeld said no shuttle buses will be provided.
Metro Transit Police will have officers posted at all rail stations and aboard buses and trains. The transit police will also use enhanced video monitoring in the department’s communication center. K9 teams will also patrol the system.
Suspicious activity can be reported by calling 202-962-2121, texting MYMTPD to 696873, or alerting the nearest station manager or Metro employee.
Friday, January 15, through Thursday, January 21
- Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule, every 12 minutes on the Red Line and every 15 minutes on all other lines.
- Stations closed:
- Red Line: Farragut North, Judiciary Square, Union Station
- Yellow Line/Green Line: Archives
- Blue Line: Arlington Cemetery
- Blue Line/Orange Line/Silver Line: Farragut West McPherson Square, Federal Center SW, Capitol South, Smithsonian, Federal Triangle
- Trains will pass through the stations without stopping.
Beginning Saturday, January 16, through Thursday, January 21:
- Metro Center and Gallery Place stations will close and trains will pass through the stations without stopping.
- Buses will operate on normal weekday and weekend schedules, except for Inauguration Day.
- Buses will operate on a Saturday schedule on Inauguration Day, January 20. Check timetables for schedule information.
- Customers traveling through downtown should allow additional travel time due to detours and road closures around the security perimeter.
Additional station closures and bus detours may be necessary on a temporary basis during this period for security reasons.
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