Airline passengers headed to and from Reagan National Airport on Friday night confronted traffic as they described as nightmare chaos, between a scheduled closure of the subway station to the airport.
Auto traffic seemed almost relentless, and passengers appeared apparently infinite lines for the buses that would take them to or around the airport.
Frustrated and impatient travelers tried to get to the airport from Crystal City on foot.
"Traffic is gridlocked at the airport due to @ wmata's shutdown of 2 stations, including ours.", Said the airport on its Twitter feed.
It said Metro's free shuttle buses were "too long waiting times."
Twitter feeds from individual travelers and commuters were even more alive. "The situation at the Pentagon City right now is chaos," said a Tweet.
Another description that is there as "bonkers."
"Just come home from this nightmare," read another Tweet "The airport is tulle with stranded passengers. The roads are still and the sidewalks are filled with people driving from Crystal City to the airport to catch a plane.
The message called Metro's actions unacceptable.
Metro said a mix of traffic and be hindered by bus transport. "We're sorry," said it.
Officials encourage travelers to travel to Reagan National Airport this weekend to give a lot of extra time.
There is no subway station at the airport this weekend due to track work. This, coupled with the ongoing construction around Terminals B and C, can lead to traffic darkness for many people.
Have we mentioned that, too? a three-day weekend?
On Friday afternoon reports of heavy traffic in and around the airport were already reported. Rainy weather was only added to traffic problems. The airport officials were encouraging drivers to park e instead of circling the airport.
The metro stop means there will be no yellow or blue lines running between Braddock Road and Pentagon City Stations . In addition, the National Airport and Crystal City stations will be closed. Shuttle bus service is provided. Here are more details:
On Friday and Monday:
- Blue Line trains operate in two segments: between Franconia-Springfield and Braddock Road every 12 minutes during the day and between Pentagon City and Largo Town Center every 12 . to 16 minutes.
- Yellow Line trains operate in two segments: between Huntington and Braddock Road every 12 minutes during the day and between Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square every 12 to 16 minutes.
- Buses replace trains between Braddock Road, National Airport, Crystal City and Pentagon City. Extra express buses will operate between Braddock Road and Pentagon City from 5:00 to 8:00. and between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon from kl. 17 to 08.
- Blue and yellow line customers may experience congestion due to less frequent service.
On Saturday and Sunday:
- The Blue Line trains operate in two segments: between Franconia-Springfield and Braddock Road every 12 to 15 minutes during the day and between Pentagon City and Eastern Market every 24 days minutes all day.
- Yellow Line trains operate in two segments: between Huntington and Braddock Road every 12 to 15 minutes during the day and between Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square every 24 minutes throughout the day.
- Buses replace trains between Braddock Road, National Airport, Crystal City and Pentagon City. Extra express buses will operate between Braddock Road and Pentagon City from kl. 07:00 to 8:00 on saturday and from 8 am to 8 pm on sunday
Metro recommends the following options:
- Free shuttle bus will operate between Braddock Road, National Airport, Crystal City and Pentagon City.
- Express bus service will operate between Braddock Road and Pentagon City from system opening to 8 pm
- Express bus service will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon City from system opening until 8:00 pm Friday and Monday only.
- Consider Metrobus or other local bus services.
- Some customers traveling between Virginia and downtown Washington on Friday may want to consider the VRE train station between Franconia-Springfield, Crystal City, or King Street to the L & Enfant Plaza or Union Station.
Metro are upgrade drivers outside the National Airport station and have installed new concrete pillow under the rail of the station. The work was originally planned to take place November 2nd to Monday, but was redeployed for Veterans Day weekend to reduce the impact on commuters.