The weekend before one of the busiest travel holidays of the year will see Metro shut down the station at one of the region's busiest airports.
Track work on the Blue and Yellow Lines will cause the closure of the Crystal City, National Airport and Braddock Road stations starting late Friday night.
WMATA says that the weekend before Thanksgiving is historically not a heavily traveled series of days. No closures are planned for the entire week of the Thanksgiving holiday.
"Timing with the holidays isn't great, but it's never great. Always get stuck in traffic somewhere," said rider George Perry.
Up to 3,900 riders used the Reagan station each day this weekend last year. By the evening before Thanksgiving, the number swelled to about 14,000.
"That's part of the problem, is trying to find a time to do it. Would we be better safe than sorry," said Metro rider Sharon Richards.
Shuttle buses will replace trains between Pentagon City and King Street through the closing of the system on Sunday night. Metro will also offer express bus service between Metro Center and National Airport while the closure is in effect.
The free shuttle buses leave passengers to walk five to ten minutes from the Metro stop.Travelers are encouraged to add about 30 minutes to their commute time.
In addition to the station closures, the following single-tracking will also take place this weekend:
-Red Line between Dupont Circle and Judiciary Square
-Blue Line between Stadium Armory and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant
-Orange Line between Ballston and East Falls Church