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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) last week announced plans to rebuild deteriorating platforms at four Orange Line stations in Virginia in summer 2020.
During the platform reconstruction project, Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Station in Oakton, Dunn Loring-Merrifield Station in Merrifield and East Falls Church Station in Arlington will be closed between May 25 and Sept. 7, 2020. West Falls Church-VT/UVA Station in Idylwood will remain open during the project because it has two platforms that can be reconstructed one at a time, WMATA officials said in a press release.
WMATA crews will also install slip-resistant tiles, LED lighting, digital display screens, platform shelters and a new surveillance system at the stations. Major infrastructure work will be completed along the segment.
During construction, West Falls Church Station will become the western terminus of the Orange Line, which will operate with less frequency than normal, WMATA officials said.
Orange and Silver line trains will be permitted to pass through East Falls Church Station during the project in order to allow Silver Line stations from McLean to Wiehle-Reston East to remain open, but with reduced service.