Metro will close 13 stations, most of them starting Friday, January 15 through Thursday, January 21, and the National Mall will be closed to the general public on Wednesday as part of the District’s measures to keep everyone safe during President-elect Joe Biden‘s inauguration.
Of the 13 stations inside the security perimeter that will be closed, 11 stations will be closed on Friday and two others on Saturday. The closures will remain in place through the end of service on Thursday. Trains will still pass through the closed stations but they will not stop.
For six days, trains will be running every 12 minutes on the Red Line and every 15 minutes on all other lines, which normally applies as the Saturday schedule.
A total of 26 bus routes will also be detoured around the expanded security perimeter from Friday through Thursday.
“We are working closely with our regional and federal partners to keep the public safe during this National Special Security Event and to discourage travel within the secure zone,” Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said in a statement. “While we are supporting law enforcement plans to enhance security, we are also keeping essential services in place for our residents who need to get to work, to medical appointments, and to grocery stores.”
The statement noted that local authorities have urged residents to stay out of the downtown area.
Metrorail stations that will be closed between January 15 and January 21 are as follows:
- Red Line: Farragut North, Judiciary Square, Union Station
- Yellow Line/Green Line: Archives
- Blue Line: Arlington Cemetery
- Blue Line/Orange Line/Silver Line: Farragut West McPherson Square, Federal Center SW, Capitol South
- Smithsonian, Federal Triangle
From January 16 through January 21, Metro Center and Gallery Place stations will be closed.
Buses will operate on a Saturday schedule on Inauguration Day, January 20.
Metro warned passengers that they should allow additional travel time for the downtown area because of detours and road closures around the security perimeter.