If you’re planning on taking Metro to a Super Bowl party — or anywhere else this weekend — remember that six stations on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines will be closed so workers can perform tunnel repairs and cell and radio infrastructure upgrades.
The two-day closure, first announced one month ago, could create delays for weekend riders — especially those who are traveling to bars and house parties to watch the Super Bowl, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Metro will run shuttle buses to provide service between Foggy Bottom and Eastern Market stations.
“Customers traveling between Virginia and DC are encouraged to use the Yellow Line, if possible, and transfer at Gallery Place for Red Line service to reach other parts of downtown,” Metro said in an advisory to riders. “Customers using shuttle buses to travel through the work zone should allow up to 45 minutes of additional travel time.”
Metro said the two days of station shutdowns will allow workers to perform maintenance work — specifically, installing cell phone and radio infrastructure and fixing displaced ceiling tiles, along with replacing wooden ties, fasteners and insulators on the tracks.
Why is Metro performing this work on such a critical weekend (at least for Patriots and Falcons fans)?
It turns out that Super Bowl Sunday is usually one of the days of the year with the lowest ridership.
“Over the past four years, Super Bowl Sunday ridership was about 3 percent lower than other Sundays,” Metro said.