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Rethink Your Commute: Metro SafeTrack Surge #8 Begins August 27 | News Release | City of Alexandria


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 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.


Metro has announced changes to Surge #8, which will now begin Saturday, August 27, through Sunday, September 11, and include:

Weekdays: Blue Line trains will continuously single track between Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations

Weekends: Three consecutive weekend shutdowns where free shuttle buses replace trains along segments of the Blue Line to complete necessary switch rehabilitation work:

  • August 27-28: Franconia-Springfield Station will be closed.
  • September 3-5: Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations will be closed, including Labor Day.
  • September 10-11: Franconia-Springfield Station will be closed.

Passengers can expect extreme crowding and delays in each direction for travel to and from the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations.






  • The best way to commute is not to!  Learn more about how to  telework from home or a remote work center.  For more information, see  CommuterConnections.

The Alexandria Police Department will provide additional traffic control at key intersections impacted by the surge.The City’s Traffic Management Center will be fully staffed and ready to assist and adjust traffic signal timing based on traffic needs.

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.

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