“Metro announces SafeTrack surge dates for remainder of 2016”

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From WMATA:

“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 Sept. 15 [today] 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.

On the weekends of September 24-25 and October 1-2:

Free shuttle buses replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church stations 7AM Saturday through closing Sunday.
Stations Closed: Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church.

On the weekends of October 8-9 and October 15-16:

Free shuttle buses replace trains between Vienna and West Falls Church stations 7AM Saturday through closing Sunday.
Stations Closed: Vienna and Dunn Loring.

The following SafeTrack surge dates were announced:

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.

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.

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:

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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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  • This part doesn’t make sense to me:

    “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”

    Why are you cutting red line service knowing this is in effect? Wouldn’t it make more sense to run trains more frequently? You know how many people between Glenmont and Takoma are going to get off at Fort Totten to catch the green line? The platforms are going to be packed.

    • They don’t seem to put a lot of forethought into alternative routes. During the last Red Line surge they added virtually no extra buses to the most affected stations and routes.
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      (And it’s not a WMATA decision, but why is NPS shutting down the portion of Beach Drive that would be used by the people most affected by this surge at the same time as the surge?!? The roads will be terrible. Argh.)

    • Green and Yellow right?

    • You’re assuming that it is possible (and/or safe) to run *more* trains on the two segments of the red line that will remain open while two of the stations are closed, but I’m not sure why you would assume that. Seems likely to me that they would be able to run fewer. But I would also assume that neither of us really know anything about how to run a subway system.

  • As someone who lives on the Green/yellow line below Fort Totten, not looking forward to this. I might have to drive for a couple of weeks.

  • Does anyone know if the wmata trip planner reflects this info? I’m going to need to go to Virginia on the orange line next week and will want to figure out when I need to leave. Is the trip planner accurate?