Brookland And Rhode Island Metros To Close For 6 Weeks This Summer, And Petition For Bus Priority Lanes

Yikes! Neighbors who depend on Metro rail to get around will need to make alternate plans this summer. The Brookland and Rhode Island Ave Metro stations  will be shutting down from July 21 – Sept 3 for the purpose of fixing platform conditions that affect the ADA-accessibility. From the WMATA announcement:

Metro will return to Rhode Island Avenue Station to complete necessary structural repair work that begun during SafeTrack. Rhode Island Avenue Station was closed on an emergency basis in 2016 when concrete fell from the aerial structure. Metro engineers stabilized the structure and advanced as much remediation work as possible during a SafeTrack surge in 2016. This 45-day project will allow crews to complete structural repairs at Metro’s oldest outdoor station, including addressing deteriorating platform conditions that affect the ADA-accessibility of the station.

  • Rhode Island Ave and Brookland stations closed.

  • No Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations; use Green Line as alternate.

  • Shuttle buses provide service between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave, and NoMa-Gallaudet stations. Red Line trains will operate in two segments: between Shady Grove & NoMa-Gallaudet and between Fort Totten & Glenmont.

Some area residents voiced their displeasure on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, and stressed the need for commuting solutions beyond the temporary shuttles. ANC Commissioner for 5E01, Ed Garnett, sent out this link to a petition to  establish bus priority lanes on Rhode Island Avenue during the Metro closure.

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