WASHINGTON, D.C. - The summer tourism season is kicking into gear. So, if you’re planning a trip to our nation’s capital, we have some things you need to know if you plan on using the popular Metro rail system. Some stops will be shut down all summer.

These six stations on the Yellow and Blue lines south of Reagan National Airport closed this week in the Alexandria, Va. and Springfield, Va. areas:

  • Braddock Rd.
  • King St.-Old Town
  • Eisenhower Ave.
  • Huntington
  • Van Dorn St.
  • Franconia-Springfield

They will be closed from May 25-September 8, the week after Labor Day. Metro will be fixing tracks and platforms at the six stations as a part of its larger Platform Improvement Project.

The work is expected to affect thousands of commuters and tourists every day. If you’re coming to town and need to get to places like Alexandria, Va. or Springfield, Va., there will be free shuttle services and other alternative transportation depending on which stop you need. You can find more information regarding alternative routes on the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority’s website.

The Blue Line north of Reagan National Airport and other lines, including Orange and Silver, are currently scheduled to remain open. Those are the lines that travel to popular tourist destinations including Capitol Hill and the Smithsonian Museums.