A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released by Metro earlier in March says that seven Metrorail stations will need to be shut down for platform rehabilitation, many (if not all) of which would be shut down for weeks on end to allow work to occur. All stations from National Airport and points south in Virginia are affected.
We previously wrote after Metro published an initial Request for Information (RFI) that some stations might need to be shut down for up to 90 days to fully replace their platforms. The RFQ recently published confirms that the stations in question are National Airport, Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower, Huntington, Van Dorn, and Franconia-Springfield.
Metro has not announced the timing of this work, but it is likely not to be announced before July 2018, after which the Fiscal Year 2019 budget recently-passed takes effect.
The station platforms need rehabilitation for a number of reasons. The granite edges themselves are held up by “temporary” platform braces which not only indicate the edges’ lack of structural integrity, but also block access to the emergency refuge area designed for someone to roll out of the way of an oncoming train.