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Metro releases info for final SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm 12 Comments

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From WMATA:

“Metro today released schedule information for the remaining SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017. Surges will resume February 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue Line.

Major work that impacts rush-hour service had been suspended during the month of January due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.

The SafeTrack program will conclude in late June, after which, Metro will shift to a regimen of preventive maintenance.

Additional information on supplemental bus service and other alternatives will be provided online at wmata.com and during customer outreach at affected stations two weeks prior to the start of each surge.

Rosslyn – Pentagon Blue Line
February 11-28

A section of the Blue Line will be shut down (no trains) between Rosslyn and Pentagon.

Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Reagan National Airport only

Arlington Cemetery Station closed (served by buses from Pentagon)
Orange and Silver lines will operate normally
Yellow Line service between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square will operate normally
Yellow Line Rush+ trains will run all day between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt

Braddock Road – Huntington/Van Dorn Street Yellow Line Blue Line
March 4-April 9

Continuous single tracking will significantly reduce Yellow and Blue line service.

March 4 through March 26

Continuous single tracking on the Blue and Yellow lines between Braddock Road & Huntington/Van Dorn Street
Blue Line trains will run every 24 minutes. All Blue Line riders should consider alternate travel options during this time.
Yellow Rush+ trains will not operate between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt.
Yellow Line will operate in two segments:
Between Huntington and King St-Old Town every 12 minutes
Between Reagan National Airport and Mt Vernon Square every 6-12 minutes
Between King St-Old Town and Reagan National Airport, only Blue Line trains will operate.

March 26 through April 2

Continuous single tracking on the Blue Line only between King St-Old Town and Van Dorn Street.
Blue Line trains will run every 24 minutes. All Blue Line riders should consider alternate travel options during this time.
Yellow Rush+ trains will not operate between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt.
Yellow Line service to/from Huntington will operate normally.
Riders who normally use Van Dorn Street or Franconia-Springfield stations are encouraged to use Huntington, Eisenhower Ave or King St-Old Town instead.

April 3 through April 9

Continuous single tracking on the Yellow Line only between King St-Old Town and Huntington.
Yellow Line trains between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square/Fort Totten will operate every 24 minutes at all times. All Yellow Line riders should consider alternate travel options during this time. In particular, customers who normally use Huntington or Eisenhower Ave should consider Franconia-Springfield or Van Dorn Street stations as alternates.
Blue Line and Yellow Rush+ service will operate normally.

Greenbelt – College Park Green Line
April-May (Dates TBD)

Continuous single tracking on the Green Line between Greenbelt and College Park.
Service information and exact dates will be announced in early March.

Minnesota Ave – New Carrollton Orange Line
May-June (Dates TBD)

Continuous single tracking will significantly reduce Orange Line service
Service information and exact dates will be announced in early April.

Shady Grove – Twinbrook Red Line
June (Dates TBD)

Continuous single tracking will significantly reduce Red Line service north of Grosvenor.
Service information and exact dates will be announced in early May.”

  • AnonJohn

    As of February: “Yellow Line service between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square will operate normally” … I’ll believe that when I see it. The Mt. Vernon pocket track has been broken since September, leading to constant (but small) delays on both yellow and green lines as yellow line trains turn around at U Street by crossing over.

    • JoDa

      I don’t know if I would call those delays “small.” When I’ve taken the green line at evening rush, it’s consistently been about 10 minutes of waiting in tunnels as the trains turn around at U St. Even if your commute’s an hour (which it probably isn’t if you’re on the green line), that’s a 17% increase in your commute. Is there some really, really good reason they can’t run the trains to Ft. Totten at rush hour – in general or at least until they get the pocket track fixed?

      • AnonJohn

        I’m with you JoDa, and agree 100%. “Small” was either an effort have a positive attitude in the new year or in comparison to “large” metro delays, which can be whoppers. :)

        My commute is an hour, and that math frustrates me daily.

        • JoDa

          I’ll give you that they’re small in comparison. I’ve spent my share of 40-minute-hangups trapped in a (thankfully in my cases non-flaming) tunnel. Their cumulative effect, however, is pretty significant, given that it’s every day and every rush hour. 20 minutes/day, 1 hr 40 min/week is quite a lot of wasted time.

  • No Bikes

    I don’t use metro hardly ever anymore. Has anything improved in the areas where SafeTrack has been completed?

    • Leeran

      No — in sections, it’s actually been worse post-Safetrack. (Source: ride S/O/B and G/Y twice daily.)

    • FMetro

      No, and it is actually much worse. For the areas where SafeTrack is over, they run the trains at incredibly low speeds and “hold” at nearly every station for “schedule adjustments.” I bought a car.

  • Michael Pierce

    How has the Red Line through downtown escaped Safetrack? It’s certainly not reliable at the moment, when nearly every day there’s a delay due to a “switch problem” or some other BS. The track between Metro Center and Cleveland Park seems to be in particularly bad shape.

    • domrep

      The evening commute to Glenmont doesn’t seem terrible. I ride it from Farragut North. Going into the city is a completely different story. There’s always something going on. “We’re holding momentarily, train ahead of us on the platform” even though said train pulled away from Glenmont 10 minutes before the train I’m on. There also seems to be some sort of speed restriction that isn’t on their website. It’s from Silver Spring to Fort Totten around there, pretty much adds about 10-15 minutes to your commute.

  • Leeran

    “final SafeTrack surges”

    If only. Huge disruptions will happen under another name, but the system’s still a mess, and I don’t see that changing for years at the current rate things are getting done.

  • jdegg

    Metro runs pretty well actually, all things considered. I’ve had challenging experiences on BART, NYC Subways, and the T. Metro seems about the same in terms of aggravation.

    • Nyer

      LMAO.

      As someone who has ridden all of those many times and rode the NYC subway daily for years: Lol! Metro is 1000x worse, if not more.

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