The College Park Metro Station has been closed for construction since the end of May, but it’s set to be back just in time for students’ return to campus — well, almost.
After months-long platform renovations on the Green Line, four stations will reopen on Sept. 7 — one week after classes resume at the University of Maryland. If you’re looking to head to Washington, D.C., or hitch a ride to another destination in the Metro area before next Monday, here’s what you’ll need to know.
Stations in Greenbelt, Prince George’s Plaza and West Hyattsville are also closed. Those traveling toward D.C. can take a free shuttle from College Park to Fort Totten, where riders can take trains on the Red, Green or Yellow lines.
This shuttle is one of two free shuttles operating from the College Park Station. It takes riders from the College Park Station to Fort Totten and comes every six to 10 minutes. The other shuttle is a local service that runs between Greenbelt, College Park, Prince George’s Plaza and West Hyattsville every 15 minutes.
To get to the College Park Metro Station, folks can take the #104 College Park Metro from the campus with a university ID. This bus runs every 15 to 20 minutes. VeoRide scooters and bikes can also get you there if you head down Campus Drive. Riders can also take this university’s #111 Silver Spring to Silver Spring, which runs every hour and a half Monday through Friday, to transfer to the Red Line.
Additionally, students can choose to take the university’s #113 Hyattsville — which runs every hour — to the Mall at Prince George’s and take a free shuttle bus to Fort Totten.
The stations are undergoing renovations to reconstruct outdoor platforms, as part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Platform Improvement Project. The project targets existing structural issues on the platforms while increasing safety and accessibility, according to WMATA.
And if you’re looking to take the Yellow Line, take note of the stopped service north of the Mount Vernon Square Station through Sept. 6. You can continue on the Green Line, instead.