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
February 11-28: Rosslyn to Pentagon
Safetrack is back in 2017, with a full line segment shutdown on the Blue Line between Rosslyn and Pentagon for 18 days. Similar to Surge 2 last summer, Blue Line passengers will need to redirect their commutes either via L’Enfant Plaza or other alternate travel options.
- No trains between Rosslyn and Pentagon
- Arlington Cemetery Station closed
- Orange, Silver and Yellow Line service will operate normally
- Yellow Line Rush+ will run all day between Franconia-Springfield and Mt Vernon Sq
- Free shuttle buses will operate between Arlington Cemetery & Pentagon. This bus is not designed for rush hour commuters, but rather to support those visiting the cemetery.
Metrobus/ART Bus Alternatives
For commuters traveling to Rosslyn and wanting to avoid the transfer at L’Enfant Plaza, we highly recommend the ART 43 which runs from Crystal City to Rosslyn in just 10 minutes.
For anyone seeking an additional rail alternative, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) runs from Broad Run (Manassas Line) and Spotsylvania (Fredericksburg Line) to Union Station, with an Arlington stop in Crystal City.
VRE riders can then finish their commute to Rosslyn or Courthouse via the ART 43.
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.