Washington, D.C., Metro’s Many Changes

By Matt Swenson, September 1, 2016

Faith-based planners aiming to capitalize on Washington, D.C.’s spiritual side may need to have the patience of Job to get around town. Whether you’re hosting an event at Georgetown or Catholic universities, sending groups to the National Cathedral or utilizing the region’s many synagogues, repairs to the Metro will be omnipresent. 

The subway system’s SafeTrack project to rehabilitate aging rail lines will shut down segments of the red line (Fort Totten to NoMa-Gallaudet U station; Oct. 10 to Nov. 1) and blue line (Rosslyn to Pentagon station; Dec. 7 to 24). Late-night service past midnight on weekends will also be discontinued. The work should be complete by March 2017.

The good news for meeting planners is the project has been scheduled and publicized for some time, so there shouldn’t be many surprises. The CVB has already reached out to groups that have booked meetings or events during the height of the repairs. “We don’t want people to feel like they’re going to be stranded,” says Destination DC President and CEO Elliott Ferguson. “There will be options. You may have to perhaps plan out a little bit more and be patient.”

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