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Metro Announces SafeTrack Surge Dates for Remainder of 2016 | News Release | WMATA

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Metro today announced revised dates for the remaining SafeTrack surges of this calendar year. The new dates follow changes to the SafeTrack schedule announced in mid-August to address new safety recommendations, incorporate interlockings, and account for the impact of record heat and humidity during the summer months.

As previously announced, Surge #9 will begin tomorrow and run for 42 days through October 26. On weekdays, Orange Line will single track at all times between Vienna and West Falls Church. Trains will service Vienna and Dunn Loring stations every 24 minutes. Service from West Falls Church to New Carrollton will be unaffected. On weekends, rail service will be suspended. For details, please see the .Service Advisory

The following SafeTrack surge dates were announced today:

Surge #10: NoMa-Gallaudet-Fort Totten | October 29 – November 22

  • Date change: This surge will now begin on Saturday, October 29, and continue through Tuesday, November 22.
  • Service info: Red Line rail service will not operate between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations during this surge. As a result, two stations–Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue–will be closed. Buses will operate between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave and NoMa. However, customers are encouraged to use the Green Line as an alternate route between Fort Totten and Downtown DC (Gallery Place). Red Line trains will operate less frequently than normal at all stations, and riders are encouraged to use alternate routes or travel outside of rush-hour periods if possible. More info

Surge #11: East Falls Church-West Falls Church | November 28 – December 21

  • Date change: This surge will now begin on Monday, November 28, and continue through Wednesday, December 21.
  • Service info: Trains will single track at all times between East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations, affecting both Orange and Silver line service. Trains will run every 16 minutes at all times, with heavy crowding expected during rush hour periods. Riders are encouraged to use alternate routes or travel outside of rush-hour periods if possible. More info

Updated SafeTrack schedule information for 2017 will be announced in December with specific start and end dates. However, Metro has revised the order of some surges to reduce weather impacts on above-ground work zones. The sequence of 2017 surges will be:

Early January Braddock Road–Van Dorn St/Huntington Blue LineYellow Line Single tracking
w/weekend shutdowns
Late January – Early February Rosslyn–Pentagon Blue Line Line segment shutdown
March Braddock Road–Van Dorn St/Huntington Blue LineYellow Line Single tracking
w/weekend shutdowns
Late March – April Greenbelt–College Park Green Line Single tracking
w/weekend shutdowns

Metro and the Federal Transit Administration will continue to identify and address maintenance needs that will be incorporated into Metro’s maintenance program. For more information about the SafeTrack program, service impacts and travel alternatives, visit wmata.com/safetrack.

SafeTrack is an accelerated track work plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system to improve safety and reliability by significantly expanding maintenance time on weeknights, weekends and midday hours and includes more than a dozen “Safety Surges” – long duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system. The overall objective of SafeTrack is to bring Metrorail tracks and structures into a state of good repair by eliminating safety hazards, increasing service reliability and improving the ride quality of the system.

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