Beyer Statement On WMATA Announcement Of Upcoming Capital Projects And Track Work
Washington, March 10, 2022
Rep. Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) announcement of major upcoming trackwork in 2022-2023 to complete key capital projects and safety maintenance, which will necessitate long periods of Yellow Line closures in Northern Virginia:
“Announcements of the upcoming completion and opening of the Potomac Yard station and the Silver Line Extension are both good news for the region, and will bring substantial benefits to Northern Virginia.
“The construction work needed to finish the Potomac Yard station and the closure of the Yellow Line tunnel over the Potomac for safety maintenance will result in major commute disruptions for many of my constituents beginning in September. I am especially concerned for those who commute through the Huntington and Eisenhower Ave. stations, and increased bus service from WMATA and its regional partners will be key to minimizing the impacts on these riders. I urge WMATA to maximize Blue Line service to the extent possible to help compensate for increased traffic as Yellow Line riders shift their commutes during this work.
“Capital projects and infrastructure maintenance are important to provide safe, reliable service to the region, but especially given the recent disruptions from the pandemic and 7000 series car issues, it is vital that WMATA do everything possible to look out for riders affected by this work.”
Beyer represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital.