Metro announced that they will close 17 more stations and close some entrances at nine more as of Thursday, March 26 to conserve cleaning supplies. The transit authority said they currently have a 2 to 3 week supply.
Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess are operating limited service and hours for essential trips only.
The combined effect closures reduces the number of entrances requiring cleaning and staffing from 118 to 88, or by about 25 percent.
The announcement follows drastic measures already taken to reduce travel on Metro to essential trips only which lead to a decline in Metrorail ridership by 90 percent. Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery stations were closed last week. The 19 stations will remain closed until further notice and trains will pass through without stopping.
Metro said that they had increased on-hand inventory of essential supplies, such as hospital-grade disinfectant, wipes, hand sanitizer, but suppliers are experiencing delivery delays. Metro is taking action to make its current supply last until orders they say they placed in late January are received.
The transit authority goes through massive amounts of cleaning products because they have so many high-touch areas. Each Metrorail station has multiple escalators, faregates and surfaces that are being cleaned daily, including some stations with multiple entrances. By reducing the number of entrances at the nine stations, Metro said they will be able to better protect its workforce and customers and prolong the inventory of these critical supplies needed to keep the system open.
Metro said that stations that will be closed are either within walking distance, or about a mile, of an adjacent station (noted in parenthesis below), including those names in bold on the list below. Others had 400 or fewer trips on Monday, March 23.
Closed as of Thursday:
- Federal Center SW – use L’Enfant Plaza or Capitol South
- Federal Triangle – use Metro Center
- Mt Vernon Sq, Judiciary Sq, Archives – use Gallery Place-Chinatown
- Greensboro – use Spring Hill or Tysons Corner
- Eisenhower Ave – use King St-Old Town
- Virginia Square – use Ballston
- Cleveland Park – use Woodley Park or Van Ness
- Grosvenor-Strathmore (230 trips Monday)
- Cheverly (159 trips Monday)
- Clarendon (299 trips Monday)
- East Falls Church (239 trips Monday)
- College Park (325 trips Monday)
- McLean (148 trips Monday)
- Morgan Boulevard (322 trips Monday)
- Van Dorn St (404 trips Monday)
Four out of five Metrorail stations will remain open for essential travel only.
Metro will also close these station entrances to conserve cleaning supplies and conserve the workforce:
Some Entrances Closed at:
- Anacostia – Entrance serving parking garage at Howard Rd north of the Anacostia Freeway closed; bus bay side open
- Farragut North – SW corner of L St & Connecticut Ave closed; 2 other entrances open
- Dupont Circle – South Entrance 19th St & Connecticut Ave closed; Q Street (north) entrance open
- Metro Center – 12th & F sts entrance closed; 3 other entrances open
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – North entrance closed (Terminal C); South station entrance (Terminal B) open
- U Street – Memorial side U St & Vermont Ave closed; 13th & U sts entrance open
- Gallery Place–Chinatown – 9th St & G St entrance closed; 2 other entrances open
- L’Enfant Plaza – 7th & D sts entrance closed; Maryland Ave & 9th & D sts entrances open
- Friendship Heights – Jennifer St entrance closed; Western Ave entrance open.