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WMATA to upgrade Navy Yard station to accommodate baseball fans


Yesterday, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) budget committee approved spending $500,000 to complete initial planning and preliminary design for Navy Yard Metrorail Station modifications.

WMATA is upgrading the station to serve the future Washington Nationals’ baseball stadium, which will open in a few years one block south of the station.

The station currently can handle about 5,000 passengers per hour, but will need to accommodate up to 15,000 passengers per hour on game days.

WMATA plans to extend the mezzanine and add a staircase and escalator, add fare gates and ticket vending machines, and install a new kiosk and elevators. The authority also has proposed converting the west entrance to a one-way operation before and after games to improve passenger flow into and out of the station.

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