MONDAY COMMUTE: How Metro’s SafeTrack devise will impact your trip

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld spoke with FOX 5’s Melanie Alnwick during a Ballston Metro Station about day one of a initial proviso of a movement system’s SafeTrack plan.

Posted:Jun 05 2016 09:22PM EDT

Updated:Jun 06 2016 06:38AM EDT

– Monday’s morning rush hour outlines a initial invert given Metro began it’s year-long SafeTrack upkeep project, and it’s approaching to be a tough ride– either you’re holding a sight or not.

The initial proviso of construction lasts until Jun 16, and it means trains are single-tracking during a Ballston and East Falls Church stations in Arlington. Workers were down on a marks creation repairs during Ballston Sunday evening.

Orange and Silver Line riders will be many impacted by a initial surge, with trains regulating some-more infrequently– though a work is approaching to have a sputter outcome on other commuters as well.


– Orange Line trains between Vienna and New Carrollton will work each 18 minutes

– Additional Orange Line trains will work between Ballston and New Carrollton usually each 6 mins during a AM PM rush, and each 10 mins during midday and dusk hours

– Silver Line trains will work each 18 minutes

– At 10:00 p.m. all trains will work each 20 minutes

Metro is also warning supplement that trains handling from Vienna, by Ballston, might be intensely swarming on weekday mornings. Some Metro riders told FOX 5 they devise to be adult during slightest an hour early on Monday in credentials for delays.

“My trainer knows that it’s going to be tough to get to work on time, and we wish everybody else has that same understanding,” pronounced Joyska Nunez, who works in Arlington.

Another supplement pronounced SafeTrack has sparked speak of teleconferencing during his workplace.

“The Metro is positively call some-more review about either or not employees have to indeed be in a bureau or if they can work from home,” Shawn Sweeney said.

This is a initial of 15 phases of construction, slated to final about a year in total. The second proviso starts on Jun 18 and involves a 16-day close down on Silver, Blue and Orange lines from a Eastern Market hire to a Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue stations.

As partial of SafeTrack, Metro has separated overnight trains and now closes all stations during midnight.

Get real-time updates for all Metrorail lines on WMATA’s website by clicking here.

Orange and Silver line trains might be really crowded, generally during rush hour due to serious use reductions.

Expect significantly longer wait times during a following stations:

Vienna Orange Line Wiehle-Reston East  Silver Line Dunn Loring  Orange Line Spring Hill  Silver Line West Falls Church  Orange Line Greensboro  Silver Line Ballston  Orange Line   Silver Line Tysons Corner  Silver Line East Falls Church  Orange Line   Silver Line McLean  Silver Line




Fairfax County SafeTrack Page ( – Resources for commuters in Fairfax County during Metro’s stability lane work
Arlington County SafeTrack Page – Know your options for Metro’s SafeTrack plan in Arlington County

(View map of train alternatives)

  • Additional weekday rush hour use will be supposing on a following routes:
    Metrobus 2A, 38B, 3Y5A (between Herndon  Rosslyn only)
    (click for additional weekday rush report PDF, combined trips in immature for Metrobus)
  • Free supplemental rail convey train use will work between Ballston and East Falls Church, and Ballston and West Falls Church.
  • Special weekday rush hour demonstrate Fairfax Connector convey train use will work between a Vienna Station and a Pentagon
  • Additional Fairfax Connector weekday rush hour use will be supposing on Route 599
  • Larger buses will run on Arlington Transit (ART) Route 52 (Virginia Hospital Center/Ballston/East Falls Church) and 55 (Lee Highway/East Falls Church/Rosslyn) to accommodate additional capacity

Customers should also consider MetrobusArlington Transit (ART) and Fairfax Connector alternate routes. 

Metrobus –

At East Falls Church – 

2A – Dunn Loring to East Falls Church, Ballston (enhanced weekday rush schedule | regular timetable)
3A – East Falls Church to Annandale
3T – East Falls Church to McLean
3Y – East Falls Church to Rosslyn, Farragut West, Farragut North, McPherson Square
       (enhanced weekday rush schedule | regular timetable)
15K, 15L – East Falls Church to Rosslyn
26A – East Falls Church to NoVA Annandale

At Ballston – 

1A – Vienna to Ballston 
1B – Dunn Loring to Ballston (AM/PM rush only)
1E – Seven Corners to Ballston
10B – Hunting Point to Ballston
22A22C – Ballston to Pentagon
23B – Crystal City to Ballston (AM/PM rush only)
23T – Shirlington to Tysons Corner Center (AM/PM rush only)
25B – Ballston to Van Dorn St
38B – Ballston to Farragut Square (enhanced weekday rush report – entrance soon! | regular timetable)

West of Vienna – 

5A – Dulles to Herndon-Monroe Park  Ride Lot, Rosslyn, L’Enfant Plaza. Supplemental use Herndon to Rosslyn only.
      (enhanced weekday rush schedule | regular timetable)

Arlington Transit (ART) – 

ART 52 – Ballston – Virginia Hospital Center – East Falls Church
ART 53 – Ballston – Old Glebe – East Falls Church
ART 55 – East Falls Church – Lee Highway – Rosslyn
ART 62 – Courthouse – Lorcom Lane – Ballston

Fairfax Connector – 

Supplemental Express Service to Pentagon from:
Vienna Metrorail Station
Reston North Park Ride

Existing Express Service to Pentagon from:
Backlick North Park Ride
Gambrill Road Park Ride
Reston North Park Ride
Saratoga Park Ride

Loudoun County Transit 
Routes portion West Falls Church will be relocated to Ballston


For business pushing on I-66 from west of Vienna, cruise holding the Virginia Railway Express (VREManassas Line (via Burke Centre) to Crystal City, L’Enfant Plaza or Union Station


Capital Bikeshare – A bike movement use of a departments of travel in the District of Columbia,Arlington County, the City of Alexandria and Montgomery County.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association – Information on bike options in SafeTrack Surge zones

Bike Arlington – Information to make it easy for cyclists in Arlington to get where they need to go, including some-more than one hundred miles of multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, and designated bike routes.

Washington Old Dominion Trail – scenic bike track from Herndon, Vienna, Dunn Loring, Falls Church.


Orange and Silver Line business regulating a Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church, East Falls Church and Wiehle-Reston East Metro Park Ride comforts should cruise other park and float options, including Park Ride comforts on a Blue or Yellow lines.


Commuter Connections – Provides invert options to get to work and get we home in an astonishing emergency. Among many services, it offers ridematching for carpools and vanpools and administers a Guaranteed Ride Home program. 

Fairfax County Ride Sources –  The RideSources program provides commuters with free ridesharing information, including ridematching assistance to form or join carpools or vanpools.

Commuter Page – Arlington County website with useful links and information per internal invert options.

Loudoun County Commuter Services – Links to invert options for carpools. vanpools, biking, movement and more.

goDCgo – Resource for travel information and options for removing into and around a District.

RideSmart Solutions – Guide to choice travel options in Prince George’s County.

Vanpool Alliance – A public-private partnership to support vanpool riders and providers in Northern Virginia.

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