SafeTrack

Metro releases schedule information for 2017 SafeTrack surges

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.

This week, Metro released schedule information for the remaining SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017. Surges will resume February 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue Line.

Major work that impacts rush-hour service had been suspended during the month of January due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.

The SafeTrack program will conclude in late June, after which, Metro will shift to a regimen of preventive maintenance.

Here’s what’s coming in Alexandria in 2017.   (more…)

The City of Alexandria is working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the region’s localities to assist travelers during WMATA’s SafeTrack initiative.  SafeTrack accelerates three years of track repairs into less than a year by significantly expanding maintenance work. Major delays are expected on Metrorail and other modes of transit.  The City encourages alternate travel options, and is working with employers, residents and visitors to urge everyone to stay informed and make a plan.

SafeTrack’s   15 “Safety Surges” – long-duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system – will cause delays throughout the region.  The next three surges in particular will impact Alexandria travelers:

  • During Surge #2, from June 18 through July 3, there will be no Metrorail or Metrobus service on the Blue Line between the Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn Metro Stations.
  • During Surge #3, from July 5 through July 11, there will be no Metrorail service on the Blue and Yellow Lines between the Braddock Road and National Airport Metro Stations.
  • During Surge #4, from July 12 through 18, there will be no Metrorail service on the Blue and Yellow Lines between the National Airport and Pentagon City Metro Stations.

During each surge, trains and platforms are expected to be extremely crowded during peak periods and customers may experience extended delays.

What the City is Doing to Help:

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King Street Quaker Lane Braddock Road intersection in Alexandria, Virginia

Intersection considered one of the worst in Alexandria, Virginia

UPDATE (11:49 a.m.): Lights are once again working in the intersection.


Alexandria Police are reporting that the power has gone out today (Sunday, january 3, 2016) in the King Street/Quaker Lane/Braddock Road intersection. Follow police direction and expect delays around any road closures in this area on the side streets until power is restored.

(Photo via Google Maps)

Bike lanes on Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle area of Alexandria, Virginia

New bicycle lanes have been installed on five streets in Alexandria, Virginia, adding three more lane miles of facilities to Alexandria’s bike network.

Bike lanes were installed on Wheeler Avenue and Braddock Road near the metro station in conjunction with the roadway resurfacing program.

The lanes that were installed on North Hampton Drive, East Monroe Avenue and Stevenson Avenue were all Complete Streets projects that also included traffic calming and pedestrian safety enhancements as well. These included upgrades such as new crosswalks, flashing pedestrian signs and pedestrian signals to improve crossings, as well as pedestrian refuge islands and curb extensions to shorten crossing distances.

For more information on current or completed projects in Alexandria, Virginia, visit this link.

Via APD, still waiting for the press release but, here’s a screen capture of Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter’s statement in the case of the fatal hit and run in the Del Ray/Rosemont area from earlier this year. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter will bring no charges against the driver in this case.

CA release hit and run

Braddock Road Metro

Metro has restored two-track operations between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport stations following the successful completion of emergency track repairs.

Blue and Yellow line trains are now moving normally through the area (i.e. no longer single tracking).

Customers are advised of possible residual delays until about 6 p.m.

Braddock Road Metro

Metro is advising customers on the Blue and Yellow lines of a service disruption that will affect the evening commute. The track problem was reported last hour by track personnel between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport stations. Emergency repairs are necessary before the affected track can be returned to service.

Customers are advised of the following:

  • Until repairs are completed, Blue and Yellow line trains will share one track between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road stations.
  • All Blue and Yellow trains will encounter delays en route and may hold for extended periods of time at stations while train traffic is moving in the opposite direction.
  • As of 4 p.m., the Metrorail Operations Control Center was reporting delays up to 45 minutes. These delays could build.
  • Due to delayed Yellow Line trains, southbound Green Line trains may encounter delays in the area of L’Enfant Plaza.

Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.

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