Metro shutdown causes chaos for riders
By Keya Vakil
May 29, 2019

The Metro shutdown is officially underway and things are not exactly going smoothly.

The stations closed by the shutdown are all Blue and Yellow line stations south of Reagan National Airport, that is the Braddock Road, King Street-Old Town, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn and Franconia-Springfield stations.

The affected stations will be shut down through September 8 and Metro is providing shuttle buses as alternatives for the estimated 17,000 daily riders affected by the shutdown.

But things are not going well so far, and many of those 17,000 riders are making their displeasure known.

Metro officials acknowledged that the shutdown would be a “shock to the [transportation] system,” but said it’s necessary to ensure the system’s long-term safety and reliability.

Metro has created a trip planner to help plan around the shutdown and has advised riders to add at least 30 minutes to their trips, though given the stories emerging over the last two days, riders may want to add even more time to their commutes.

  • Keya Vakil

    Keya Vakil is the deputy political editor at COURIER. He previously worked as a researcher in the film industry and dabbled in the political world.

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