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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:12

Metro to close 19 stations indefinitely to limit employees’ exposure to coronavirus

Written by Justin George and Image without a caption Justin George Transportation reporter focusing on national transit and Metro, the D.C.-area public transportation system Email Bio Follow Katherine Shaver | The Washington Post

Metro is taking the dramatic step of closing 19 stations in an effort to save dwindling cleaning resources to combat the coronavirus, while also protecting more of its employees from potential exposure to the virus, the agency announced Tuesday night.

The closures, which will begin Thursday, include the Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery stations, which were closed last week to discourage people from visiting the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms.

In addition, Metro plans to close entrances at nine stations that have multiple entry points, again looking to save on the sanitizing of escalators, elevators, turnstiles and anything people come into contact with. 

“This is the type of event that is going to require shared sacrifice in a number of ways for a period of time,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

Metro said these stations will close because they are less than one mile from another station:

  • Federal Center SW
  • Federal Triangle
  • Mount Vernon Square
  • Judiciary Square
  • Archives
  • Greensboro
  • Eisenhower Avenue
  • Virginia Square-GMU
  • Cleveland Park

The agency said these stations will close because of low ridership recently: Grosvenor-Strathmore, Cheverly, Clarendon, East Falls Church, College Park, McLean, Morgan Boulevard and Van Dorn Street. Among the group, Van Dorn Street station served the most customers. Metro said 404 passenger trips originated there Monday. 

Other stations were spared from the closures because they are near hospitals or government centers.

Metro has 91 stations, and the closures represent a fourth of all entrances that require staffing and cleaning, officials said.

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