Metro Center to be closed this weekend

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -{ }At Metro Center Friday morning, people piled into packed trains, but this weekend all Red, Orange and Blue line trains will pass though the station without stopping.

The station will be closed on Saturday and Sunday so crews can make lighting and signage upgrades -- including adding new Silver Line signs. It’s all part of a $5.5 billion improvement plan, the largest made by Metro since the early 1970’s.

Despite the inconvenience, Metro officials say it's a must, and emphasize that closing the station altogether is far less disruptive than several weekends of single-tracking.

Farooq Salahuddi just moved to D.C. six months ago, and{ }says he’s already seeing progress.

“I see improvements every day."

However, some riders still feel they’re paying for upgrades they’re not seeing, and some say this weekend’s closure will only make getting around downtown more difficult.

Others say it’s better than the alternative.

“I’d have to have a car otherwise, so it’s fine. Most of the stations, that’s the lifeline to the system,” says one commuter.

Free shuttle buses will run between Federal Triangle, Metro Center, and Gallery Place. Metro officials are also warning riders Metro will adjust to Daylight Saving Time so riders should be aware of when the last trains will be running.