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SafeTrack

people waiting on platform for metro, arlington county virginiaThe SafeTrack plan is WMATA’s (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) solution to ongoing safety and repair issues that have troubled the region for quite some time with planned maintenance surges.

To best handle the expected (and unexpected) delays, single tracking and shut downs in parts of the system, commuters should prepare and educate themselves by knowing their options during Metro’s SafeTrack.

SafeTrack in Arlington

Surge 14, effecting Green Line commuters, will be conducted in two phases with the first phase starting April 15. While the surge is not in Arlington, it will likely effect those using the Yellow Line as Yellow Rush+ service will be suspended during this surge. Details below.

Phase 1: April 15-29

  • No Yellow Rush+ trains in service during the surge at any station
  • Yellow Line commuters from Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street should transfer at King St-Old Town
  • Greenbelt and College Park-U Metro Stations closed
  • Yellow Line trains will operate normal service between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square

Phase 2: April 30-May 14

  • No Yellow Rush+ trains in service during the surge at any station
  • Yellow Line commuters from Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street should transfer at King St-Old Town
  • Greenbelt Metro Station closed
  • Yellow Line trains will operate normal service between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square

Weekend train frequency may change due to other scheduled track work by WMATA.

Metrobus/ART Bus Alternatives

To bypass the SafeTrack surge all together, there are several bus options for Yellow Line commuters. See below for routes that will allow you to commute surge-free.

  • 10A – Huntington/Braddock Rd/Pentagon
  • 10B – Braddock Rd/Ballston
  • 10E – Huntington/Pentagon
  • 11Y – Mount Vernon/George Washington Memorial Parkway/Potomac Park
  • 21A/D – Landmark/Pentagon
  • 25B – Ballston/Van Dorn Street
  • Fairfax Connector – Regional Bus Connections

Walking During SafeTrack

millennials walking in clarendon, arlington county virginiaFor residents who live close to their office, active transportation is highly encouraged during SafeTrack maintenance surges. Active transportation is defined as walking, biking and rolling and with the County’s extensive bike and trail networks, many trips can be made or incorporate two wheels or two feet. Don’t let that first or last mile deter you, biking and walking to or from a Metro station or bus stop is a convenient and healthy option.

Capital Bikeshare

Take your own wheels for a spin or join Capital Bikeshare. Currently, there are 80+ Capital Bikeshare stations located in Arlington and more than 300 in the region.

If you’re new to bikeshare and interested in a membership, contact our friends at Arlington Transportation Partners to receive a special discount for new members only.

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Resources

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It’s important that residents know about scheduled SafeTrack maintenance, both in and outside of Arlington. Download and share any of these great resources. As Metro’s SafeTrack plan continues, we will expand resources to provide you with the most updated and helpful information.

SafeTrack FAQ

Trusted Links

Explore our list of trusted resources as you navigate SafeTrack and make the best decision for your commute.