The 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
While SafeTrack maintenance for this surge won’t happen directly in Arlington, commuters coming into the County will still be affected. Blue and Yellow Line trains will continuously single track for 40 days, significantly reducing service.
- Single tracking between Braddock Road & Huntington/Van Dorn Street
- Blue Line trains will run every 24-30 minutes, even during rush hour
- No Rush+ trains between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt
- Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington to Mt Vernon Square, even during rush hour
- Additional Yellow Line trains available between Reagan National Airport and Mt Vernon Square only
Yellow Line customer traveling south of Reagan National Airport should consider transferring at Pentagon, Pentagon City or Crystal City to avoid crowding.
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 you can choose. See below for routes that will allow you to commute surge-free.
- ART 42 – Ballston – Pentagon
- ART 43 – Courthouse/Rosslyn/Crystal City
- 10A – Huntington/Braddock Rd/Pentagon
- 10B – Braddock Rd/Ballston
- 10E – Huntington/Pentagon
- 11Y – Mount Vernon/George Washington Memorial Parkway/Potomac Park
- 16X – Columbia Pike/Federal Triangle
Walking During SafeTrack
For 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.
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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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.
Explore our list of trusted resources as you navigate SafeTrack and make the best decision for your commute.