The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has announced several upcoming Metro closures, including a 44-day shutdown of service between the Fort Totten and Greenbelt stations.

Metro ridership has fallen dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Pre-pandemic trends show August as a month of traditionally low ridership. 

According to the WMATA, the Green Line closure will last from July 22 to Sept. 4. The closure will enable workers to finish installing fiber-optic cables.

“While Green Line customers in this location experienced a recent summer shutdown for station improvements, the installation of fiber optics was unable to be addressed at that time due to the use of the tracks to move equipment,” the announcement read.

The Green Line closure affects the following stations: Fort Totten, West Hyattsville, Hyattsville Crossing, College Park-University of Maryland and Greenbelt.

In the past, WMATA has provided shuttle bus service when trains are not running; no details have been provided for the upcoming Green Line closure, as of press time.