Surges Begin July 5 − Use Alternative Travel Options
For Immediate Release: June 28, 2016
The City of Alexandria and DASH are 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.
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 two surges will impact Alexandria travelers:
During each surge, trains and platforms are expected to be extremely crowded during peak periods and customers may experience extended delays.
What We Are Doing to Help
- Free high-frequency express shuttle buses will run between the Braddock Road and Pentagon City Metro Stations during Surges 3 and 4, to accommodate commuters on the Blue and Yellow Lines.
- Free shuttle buses will run between the Braddock Road Metro Station and National Airport during Surge 3, and between the Pentagon City Metro Station and National Airport during Surge 4.
- Free and increased frequency service on Metroway will run between the Braddock Road and Pentagon City Metro Stations during Surges 3 and 4.
- FreeDASH bus service will run on the AT3 and AT4 routes during Surges 3 and 4. Service will be extended and added midday to operate every 20 minutes, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., on weekdays.
- Metrobus will increase the frequency of service on the 11Y (Mount Vernon to Potomac Park) and 10A (Huntington Metrorail Station to Pentagon Metrorail Station) bus routes, with normal fares during Surges 3 and 4.
- For information on other bus service changes by Metro and other jurisdictions, visit Metro’s website.
- The City added four new Capital Bikeshare stations prior to Surges 3 and 4, for a total of 24 stations citywide. Additional bikeshare capacity is being added at the Braddock Road Metro Station.
- Capital Bikeshare has added an option for users to buy a single trip for $2.
- City staff and volunteers will lead morning “bike trains” to guide groups of cyclists between the Braddock Road and Pentagon City Metrorail Stations.
- New carsharing and taxi areas will be added at the Braddock Road Metro Station.
- In order to accommodate additional bus capacity, the City will temporarily prohibit street parking around Metro stations affected by surges, and will restrict some street sections to buses only. Please be alert for new traffic signs and patterns.
- The City has adjusted its paving schedule to avoid work on major roads that may coincide with SafeTrack surges, and has asked private utility companies to do the same for scheduled maintenance.
- The Alexandria Police Department will provide additional traffic control at key intersections impacted by the surges.
- The City’s Traffic Management Center will be fully staffed and ready to assist and adjust traffic signal timing based on traffic needs.
- During Surges 3 and 4, Alexandria taxi companies are required to offer a $15 flat rate, regardless of passengers or baggage, for trips between National Airport and the King Street-Old Town, Braddock Road, and Eisenhower Avenue Metro Stations.
- The City is reaching out to employers, businesses, and retailers to encourage teleworking and flexible work schedules. The City Manager has directed all City departments to expand telework and alternate work schedules for City employees.
For more information about SafeTrack and Alexandria’s plans to help, visit alexandriava.gov/SafeTrack.To receive travel updates by email and text message, subscribe to the free MetroAlerts and Alexandria eNews services.