Potomac Yard opening delayed until 2023

Dear PYMIG Members,

WMATA has just announced a delay to Potomac Yard construction project south of Reagan National Airport; Future station opening delayed until 2023 (announcement further below in green). The City has issued the following statement in response to the announced delay.

City Response to Metro’s Delay of Potomac Yard Metrorail Construction
Release date: September 30, 2022
In response to WMATA’s announcement of a delay to Potomac Yard Metrorail construction, the City has issued the following statement:

“The numerous delays to the Potomac Yard construction project are unacceptable. This critically important project requires more intentional oversight by WMATA. Our residents and businesses deserve better from our partners.

This latest setback must be met with urgency and significant actions by WMATA and its contractor to recover from the time and money lost. The City of Alexandria has provided specific operational actions to WMATA that we believe will more effectively manage the contractor’s efforts to complete this project in an expedited and efficient manner.

The City is also demanding that the financial impacts of the numerous delays be assessed and adjusted by WMATA to the benefit of our community. We will continue working with our partners to ensure transit riders have accessible alternatives during this continued shutdown.

We cannot continue to repeat these failures.”

–City of Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson

Best,
Lydia Durand
Department of Project Implementation
City of Alexandria, Virginia
Direct: 703.746.4622
Cell: 703.215.5721
lydia.durand@alexandriava.gov

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https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Potomac-Yard-shutdown-extension.cfm

For immediate release: September 30, 2022

Metro announces delay to Potomac Yard construction project south of Reagan National Airport; Future station opening delayed until 2023

Metro is extending the closure of six stations south of Reagan National Airport due to unexpected site conditions and remediation efforts for the future Potomac Yard Station. The announcement today comes three weeks before stations were scheduled to reopen to give our customers time to plan their trips accordingly.

Work to tie-in new tracks to the station, which was slated to conclude on Saturday, Oct. 22, will now end on Saturday, Nov. 5. Free shuttle bus service will continue to be available to customers through the extension following the same pattern that our customers are using today. Metroway – Potomac Yard line will continue to be free, and parking fees at Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn, and Huntington stations. Click here to view full travel alternatives.

The complex process to ensure proper signal integration, build and connect new tracks to the future Potomac Yard Station, and complete all safety critical work necessary to operate service started three weeks ago. As site work got underway, crews discovered issues with the underlying soil that affected the structural stability of the ground beneath the tracks. Construction was stopped and a remediation plan was developed and implemented. This work was beyond the initial scope of the tie-in work. Reinforcing the ground below the tracks required removing any work already completed, excavating additional soil beneath 1400 feet of track, and installing new subgrade materials to provide the required stability.

Track construction and integration has now resumed on the site; however, due to the delays the shutdown will be extended for two additional weeks.

Regretfully, Metro announces that the new Potomac Yard Station will not open this calendar year. The delay in completing construction of the station is due to the contractor’s failure to meet the project delivery schedule. Metro will continue to work with the contractor to produce an achievable schedule and will provide an update by the end of this year.

“We are frustrated with these developments on the Potomac Yard Station project,” said Executive Vice President of Capital Delivery Andy Off. “The team has been working around the clock to push the project delivery team to perform in accordance with the schedule. Recently, it has become clear that the published schedule will not be met, unfortunately delaying the opening of this important station. On behalf of our customers and the City of Alexandria, we apologize for this inconvenience. We will continue to work as quickly as possible to deliver a high-quality station, and we are doing everything within our power to move the project forward in a safe and responsible way.”

As always, Metro will continue to work collaboratively with the City of Alexandria and the contractor to resolve these scheduling issues and continue our commitment of transparency to the local community.

Potomac Yard Station will be located at the southern end of National Landing on Metro’s Yellow and Blue lines between the existing Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Braddock Rd stations. This project was initiated by the City of Alexandria and will be funded by tax revenues and developer contributions generated by planned new development in the Potomac Yard neighborhood, as well as state grants and loans and regional sources. The station will provide a wide range of benefits for Alexandria and the surrounding communities, including walkable access to regional transportation systems for residents in the northeast area of the city. This will be Metro’s second infill station in the system’s history after NoMa-Gallaudet U Station opened in 2004.

Gregory Potts
Virginia Government Relations Officer
Office of Government Relations
300 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
202-580-9453 (cell)

Update courtesy of Steve Crime, PG’s neighborhood liaison to PYMIG.