Get Ready for Metro’s SafeTrack Surge No. 1: June 4-16

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As you may know, Metro will be undertaking a significant maintenance effort that will accelerate three years worth of work into approximately one year. The plan, called SafeTrack, expands maintenance time on weekends, weeknights and midday hours and includes 15 “Safety Surges”— long-duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system.

So who’s up first? The Orange and Silver lines will continuously single track between East Falls Church and Ballston from June 4-16.

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  • Orange Line trains between Vienna and Ballston will operate every 18 minutes
  • Additional Orange Line trains will operate between Ballston and New Carrollton only
  • Silver Line trains will operate every 18 minutes
  • At 10 p.m. all trains will operate every 20 minutes
  • Metro closes at midnight seven days a week for the duration of all safety work
  • More details about surge #1:


Fairfax County Resources for Surge #1

During most safety surges, Fairfax Connector will provide supplemental express service on existing routes or on rush-hour shuttles.

For surge #1:

SafeTrack supplemental and shuttle service fare is $4 per trip

View Fairfax County SafeTrack Website


Choose Alternate Ways to Commute

Due to reduced capacity and expected longer travel times, Metrorail riders are encouraged to consider using alternate travel options while safety surge work is scheduled on their line. Fairfax County commuters are strongly urged to use alternate ways to get to work during the Safety Surges and consider teleworking as much as possible. Here are some options for your commute:


Even If You Don’t Ride Metro…

The impacts of the SafeTrack work will likely affect the whole region for the next year, even if you don’t ride Metro. In a letter to local businesses, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova said, “Even if your employees do not regularly use Metrorail to commute, they may still be impacted by the changes in traffic patterns. In Fairfax County, people travelling on the major corridors (I-66, I-495, Dulles Toll Road, I-95) could be significantly affected by Metro’s track work due to the influx of additional traffic from rail riders who are driving to work.”


Metro Staff Briefs the Board of Supervisors

On May 24, Metro briefed the Board of Supervisors about the SafeTrack plan. Watch the briefing and Q&A (pardon the first minute as the camera was setup!).


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