Wmata van dorn street

A blue line metro train has struck a deer near Van Dorn Street this evening in Alexandria, Virginia according to WMATA. Metro says you can expect outbound delays to Largo Town Center. This is the second such incident within a month in this stretch of track.

Junction Bakery + Bistro on Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

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but of course... Track Work

Track Work this weekend affecting four of six Lines

Via WMATA, reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 10-11 with track work and service adjustments on four of six lines.

Trains are operating as follows:

  • Orange and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals
  • Free shuttle buses replace Blue Line trains between Franconia Springfield and Van Dorn Street
  • Blue Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Van Dorn Street and Largo Town Center
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq
  • Red Line trains will operate every 6-20 minutes
  • Silver Line trains will operate every 15 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only

(Photo via Barbara Kracowicz, on Flickr)

Rethink Your Commute: Metro SafeTrack Surge #8 Begins August 27

The City of Alexandria and DASH have been working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the region’s localities to assist travelers as WMATA’s SafeTrack initiative continues.

SafeTrack’s “Safety Surges” involve long-duration of track outages for major projects in key parts of the system that will cause delays throughout the region. The City of Alexandria urges commuters to telework and use alternative ways to commute that do not involve driving alone.

SURGE #8: AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 11:

Surge #8 begins Saturday, August 27, and is scheduled to run through Sunday, September 11. Passengers should expect extreme crowding and delays in each direction for travel to and from Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street.

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Metro has published a project webpage to keep customers and the community informed about the effort to rebuild the Traction Power Substation outside Stadium-Armory that was heavily damaged in a fire on September 21.

Following a full week of equipment testing, the project remains on track for completion this calendar year — about three months sooner than originally projected. Metro will restore normal service on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines as soon as the substation is returned to service.

Riders can get details about upcoming project milestones by visiting this link.

Dawn at the Dock
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The date is set, Metro customers, and your new ride will soon be here.

Metro has announced that the system’s first 7000-series train will enter passenger service Tuesday, April 14, on the Blue Line.

The introduction of the first new train will be the most significant milestone to date for a project that has spanned nearly five years from approval and funding, through design and engineering, to testing and certification.

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