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Metro to close Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland stations for 45 days starting Saturday

Metro to close Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland stations for 45 days starting Saturday (ABC7)

One of the region’s key public transit corridors will be disrupted for a month and a half starting Saturday and riders like Rhonda Harrison are worried.

“I don’t know whether we are prepared or not. That’s my concern," Harrison told ABC7 News Friday.

Metro is closing the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stops on the Red Line for 45 days. During that time, they’ll do major repair work on the station and the rails as part of a broader plan to upgrade deteriorating infrastructure.

Free shuttles will be available at Ft. Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet.

“So I’m pretty nervous but I’m going to hold fast that I make it to work on time," said Harrison.

Betty Lofton says she’s commuted to work for 30 years from Brookland. She fears those free shuttles will be so packed it will be a problem.

“It’s really going to interfere with a lot of people especially the people who work downtown and it’s just going to create a problem and make people late for work," said Lofton.

The stations are slated to reopen after Labor Day.

“That’s a long time. That’s a month and some change so I’m wishing us all good luck," said Harrison.

A good option for folks who live north of these impacted stations is to take Green or Yellow line trains to get downtown.

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