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Metro to Close Pentagon Station This Weekend

Metro's plan for track work on the Blue and Yellow lines at Pentagon Station over the President's Day weekend is quite complicated and will affect many travelers, so let's go over the details now.

First, the station will be completely closed for the long weekend, from 10 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday, Feb. 16. No trains will go through. The workers will be on the tracks, replacing a switch that under normal circumstances allows trains to cross from one side to the other. At the same time, workers will do maintenance work on the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac, since trains won't be running across it while the switch replacement is underway.

The Disruption
The Blue Line will operate between the Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon City, and also between Largo and Arlington Cemetery. The Yellow Line will operate only between Huntington and Pentagon City.

Train Schedule
Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 12 minutes during the day on Saturday and Monday. They'll operate every 15 minutes during the day on Sunday. The Green Line trains will operate every eight minutes during the day Saturday through Monday. (Remember, the Yellow Line won't be operating in the District, where it would normally share the same tunnel with the Green Line between L'Enfant Plaza and Fort Totten. Also note that Trip Planner, which is normally a great online tool for plotting a transit route, doesn't adjust itself to these special circumstances.)

Shuttle Buses
To get riders around the work zone, Metro will operate special service on the Blue, Yellow and Green lines and will provide free shuttle bus service every five minutes between Pentagon City, Pentagon and L'Enfant Plaza stations.

At Pentagon City, the shuttle buses will be on the southbound side of 12th and Hayes streets, in front of Macy's. At Pentagon, the shuttles will be at the Pentagon Transit Center, upper level platform, U-7. At L'Enfant Plaza, they'll be on the northbound side of the street at 7th Street and Maryland Avenue SW.

There won't be any shuttles to Arlington Cemetery or Rosslyn. If you'd normally take the Blue Line to Rosslyn, then you'll want to get off at Pentagon City and take the shuttle bus to L'Enfant Plaza and get back on a train there.

Pentagon Transit Center
From 7 a.m. Saturday through midnight Monday, Feb. 16, all the Metrobuses that normally use the Transit Center will be relocated to the Pentagon City Metrorail station.
The buses will be stopping on the northbound side of the roadway at 12th and Hayes

By Robert Thomson  |  February 10, 2009; 8:50 AM ET
Categories:  Construction , Metro  
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Completely off-topic, but.
At the intersection of Lisle/Magarity and Rt 7 in Tyson's:,+Virginia&sll=41.816287,-88.161671&sspn=0.012138,0.017831&ie=UTF8&ll=38.908166,-77.21465&spn=0.006337,0.008916&z=17

VDOT put up "No Turn On Red" signs (very well marked, with flags hanging off of them) for the turn on to Rt 7, which is also the ramp to 495 at that point. No problem with that, other than the usual drivers who can't read and therefore either run the red or honk at those of us who don't run it.

The problem is that VDOT neglected to put sensors in the road to detect when someone is waiting to turn right. Thus, unless someone pulls into the center or left lane, the "No Right On Red" intersection never gets a green, and cars tend to back up 10 to 20 deep behind the one law-abiding guy.

Posted by: wiredog | February 10, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. The link from google points to the wrong intersection.

And Mapquest has the same problem. Well, it's the intersection of Magarity/Lisle and Rt 7 in Tyson's.

Posted by: wiredog | February 10, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

wiredog, submit an online request to VDOT to have them look at it.

My guess is that the sensor is there. They are typically on all approaches to an intersection, as the signal still needs to be "called" even if right on red is allowed, because some vehicles do not turn right on red (Hazmat trucks and school busses), and no vehicle is ever required to turn right on red. But sometimes the sensors break, and it is likely that this one wasn't noticed by many until now since it used to be a right on red lane.

Posted by: thetan | February 10, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

So, If you fly into DCA and need to get to North Arlington (say the orange line), take a cab. You would be crazy to take the shuttle into the city, get back on the blue line transfer to the orange at Roslyn and then continue on. Thay can't single track through the Pentagon station? Jeez.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 10, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Take the shuttle and transfer to the Orange line, not blue.

Posted by: dkf747 | February 10, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I find it extremely frustrating that metro is shutting down the PENTAGON station during presidents weekend. I know of so many friends and family coming into town this weekend and will be significantly inconvenienced as their first time experience using metro from Reagan to DC will now be a rail-bus-rail chaos. This is ridiculous. Can they not run single track to at least accommodate visitors in a major metropolitan city? And metro wonders why they have poor customer service issues... and a low PR perception.

Posted by: bleep1 | February 11, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Pentagon is closed all day Monday? People say midnight Monday when they mean 12:01 a.m. Monday or 11:59 p.m. Monday. Clarification would be appreciated because one station employee told me it would reopen for rush hour Monday, while another told me Tuesday. Sounds like no one knows what goes on and it is unfortunate Metro assumes everyone gets federal holidays off - I don't know anyone who has Monday off.

Posted by: pentagoncity1 | February 12, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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