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…)

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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SafeTrack

Metro announces important changes to SafeTrack schedule

Changes Affect Blue Line Service in Alexandria

Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today announced several adjustments to the remaining SafeTrack surge schedule to allow for the completion of additional work on crossover tracks, address new safety recommendations and account for the impact of extreme heat, humidity and other weather impacts.

The changes announced today will affect the dates and sequence of the remaining SafeTrack surges. In mid-September, Wiedefeld will announce additional changes to surge projects that were originally scheduled for October and later.   (more…)

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Earlier this summer, the City of Alexandria, Virginia urged commuters to ‘Rethink your Commute’ during SafeTrack 3 & 4 in Alexandria. Ridership on Metrorail plunged 70%+ during this time frame. Instead of taking Metrorail, I now rideshare (carpool) with friends. Other friends I know have started biking to work after SafeTrack.

So we wanted to know, have you changed your commute to and from work after SafeTrack?

Poll is OPEN through Sunday, August 21. Let us know in the comments below, how did your commute change in Alexandria (or if it is the same)?

VOTE in the sidebar on the right side of your screen.

(Flickr Pool photo via Elvert Barnes, on Flickr)

SafeTrack

SafeTrack Surge #7 to include weekend line segment shutdown on Red Line

Metro’s seventh SafeTrack surge, which gets underway tomorrow, August 9, will be expanded to include a weekend line segment shutdown to accommodate additional repairs identified during special supervisory inspections ordered by General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld following last month’s derailment.

Surge #7 will include around-the-clock single tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook on weekdays through August 18, 2016. In addition, the work zone will be extended the weekend of August 13-14, to include a line segment shutdown between Shady Grove and Grosvenor-Strathmore with free shuttle buses replacing trains.

The weekend shutdown will allow track work crews to perform additional switch maintenance, replace crossties and make repairs identified during inspections that need to be addressed.

The nine-day surge will also focus on renewing or replacing rail and power infrastructure between Shady Grove and Twinbrook, with a focus on wooden crossties, fasteners, switches and power cables.  (more…)

Metro’s fourth around-the-clock safety surge during SafeTrack began today, Tuesday, July 12, and will result in a shutdown of the Blue and Yellow lines between Reagan National Airport and Pentagon City through July 18, 2016. There will be no Metrorail service between these stations, including Crystal City, which will be closed for the duration of the project.

During surge #4, all Blue/Yellow line customers in Virginia are encouraged to consider alternate travel options and avoid traveling during rush hour if possible.

For customers with no other travel options, limited shuttle service and enhanced bus service is available. (more…)

DASH to Extend AT3 & AT4 Service During SafeTrack Surges 3 & 4: July 5 – 18

SafeTrack Surge 3: July 5 at 8 p.m. – July 11: No Metrorail Service between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road

Reminder: Metrorail now closing at midnight Friday and Saturday nights

Starting Tuesday, July 5 at 8 p.m. until closing, Monday, July 11, the Yellow and Blue Line will be shut down between National Airport and Braddock Road.

Weekday train service will operate as follows:

  • Blue Line will operate in two segments:
    • Trains will run every 15 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Braddock Rd.
    • Trains will run every 12 minutes between National Airport and Largo
  • Yellow Line will operate in two segments:
    • Trains will run every 12 minutes between Huntington and Braddock Rd.
    • Trains will run every 12 minutes between National Airport and Greenbelt
  • No Yellow Rush+ Service from Franconia-Springfield
    • Metrobus Express shuttle between Braddock Road & Pentagon City stations every 5 minutes
    • Metroway will offer FREE service between Braddock Road, Crystal City & Pentagon City, including every 6 minutes during weekday rush hour
    • Metrobus Airport shuttle will run between Braddock Road and National Airport every 15 minutes
  • FREE shuttle buses will run the following routes:
    • FREE service on DASH AT3 and AT4 routes, and provide a direct connection between Braddock Road and Pentagon Metro Stations operating every 20 minutes from 5 a.m. – 8 p.m.  
  • Metrobus and Fairfax Connector will also operate special weekday rush hour express shuttle bus service between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon for $4.
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