If your journey on Metro takes you to Reagan National Airport, chances are you may have spotted this unique Metro station feature.
The “Train Bridge” is Metro’s solution to temporarily out-of-service elevators at the National Airport station. Rather than shuttle passengers who need elevator assistance from the airport to another nearby station, Metro officials decided they could use a train to bridge the temporary gap.
And so, a train bridge is just that — an Metro train riders can use as a pass through to the other platform.
“It’s a very creative solution to minimize customer disruption,” said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.
The station at National Airport is uniquely configured to allow such a use since it has three tracks. Metro officials simply park the train on the middle track, allowing folks to move easily between platforms depending on whether they’re headed toward Franconia-Springfield or into Prince George’s County.
Want to see for yourself? The train bridge will be in place for a few months as repairs are completed, Stessel said.