See Metro’s ‘Train Bridge’


A sign directs riders to Metro’s temporary “Train Bridge” at National Airport. (Lori Aratani/The Washington Post)

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.

Metro is using trains as "bridges" between platforms at the National Airport station, while it completes repairs on elevators at the station. (Lori Aratani/The Washington Post)
Metro is using trains as “bridges” between platforms at the National Airport station while it completes repairs on elevators at the station. (Lori Aratani/The Washington Post)
Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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