The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA, or Metro) announced this week that it will reopen the Shady Grove and Rockville stations on Jan. 16. The stations have been closed for a four-month period for the Rockville Canopy Replacement Project.
During the closures, Metro demolished the canopy at Rockville Station, erected a new steel canopy structure and completed customer improvements—including installation of new information screens, brighter lighting and modern faregates.
Metro teams are using the shutdown to perform track repairs that will improve service reliability and install more than 7.3 miles of fiber optic cable to enhance radio communications. Without the station closures, the upgrades alone would have required nine months of weekend shutdowns and overnight work.
The final stage of the canopy project—installing glass fiber reinforced concrete panels on the canopy’s steel structure—will not be complete when the stations reopen. In January, the canopy will provide cover for customers at the Rockville station, but will remain temporarily unfinished until Metro determines the best type of exterior cladding needed to complete the project.
The interim canopy at Rockville Station will include brighter LED lighting, new Passenger Information Displays, higher quality PSA speakers and new CCTV cameras. Metro and its contractor are working quickly to develop a permanent solution for the canopy and will communicate additional details when available.
At the Rockville Station, the Park & Ride area is fully repaved to provide safer and more accessible parking, new fare gates are installed in the mezzanine and the Rockville pedestrian bridge rehabilitation is complete.
At the Shady Grove Station, the platform canopy, roof and escalators are being repaired and modernized fare gates are being installed.
Parking is free at both garages during the closures and free shuttle buses are continually running between the closed stations and the Twinbrook Metro station.