Metro’s big track repair plan is now in Phase 4 – which impacts drivers in Virginia. Another week of inconveniences for riders on the blue and yellow lines, this time it’s trains between Reagan National and Pentagon City.
It’s been a little more extended, my commute is usually about half an hour from Foggy Bottom to King Street,” says Hannah Thomas, a commuter. It’s been about an hour and a half.” Hannah will have 6 more days of this commute, as Metro crews work to replace old wooden ties and insulators. During tha ttime, blue and yellow lines will be closed from the Pentagon City stop to the Reagan National Airport stop.
“The workers are really great and everyone is very friendly so it’s been as painless as possible,” says Hannah.
There are 3 different free shuttles available during Phase 4: One will go back and forth from Braddock Road to Pentagon City, the other will go from Pentagon City to Crystal City, to Reagan National and back and one will go from Franconia Springfield to the Pentagon. Metro staff are posted up at the Pentagon City stop answering questions to confused riders.
Most riders expect the delays and prepare for it, but what they didn’t prepare for was the influx of buses at this busy stop. “The real problem here is that this is a major shuttle bus stop, for the office buildings and the apartments,” says Mary Withum, a Metro rider. “Because they have the Metro shuttle stop in the very same spot where the other shuttle buses are for the hotels and office buildings, it’s just complete confusion.”
Other than that, Mary says she’s been pleased with how her commute has been during the work. “The shuttle bus situation is great, I mean they use the shuttle buses, they have air conditioning and they run non-stop. It was wonderful, I mean as wonderful as it can be to be inconvenienced.”