Metro SafeTrack Updates

SafeTrack was an initiative of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the MetroRail, MetroBus, and MetroAccess system in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The focus of SafeTrack was a work plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system to improve safety and reliability.

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What is SafeTrack?

SafeTrack was an initiative of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the MetroRail, MetroBus, and MetroAccess system in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  The focus of SafeTrack was a work plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system to improve safety and reliability.  While WMATA was solely responsible for the SafeTrack plan, the City of Alexandria and other localities in the region worked together to provide resources to help plan for and mitigate SafeTrack impacts.


    What are the major impacts of the SafeTrack plan?

    SafeTrack accelerated three years' worth of track work into less than a year, mostly from June 2016 through March 2017. As a result, the plan significantly expands maintenance time on weeknights, weekends and midday hours.  A key element of SafeTrack is that the entire MetroRail system will close at midnight, seven days a week.

    The plan also includes "Safety Surges" - long duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system. Some Safety Surges will involve single-tracking (times during which the frequency of trains will be reduced so that trains in both directions can share the same track) and some will involve the complete closure of one part of the system.


    What is the City of Alexandria doing to help?

    • City and DASH officials have been actively working on alternatives to help commuters avoid SafeTrack impacts, including special bus shuttles and parking options.  As additional details are confirmed, they will be posted on this page.
    • City departments are developing telework and alternate work schedule plans for their staff, to reduce the number of employees who need to commute and to offset commuting times.
    • The City is encouraging private employers in our community to proactively address commuting issues with their employees, including providing telework and alternate work schedule options when possible.

    What can you do?

    1. Stay Informed

    2. Make a Plan

    • Determine alternatives for your commutes during Safety Surges, using the information for each surge above, and the information below:

    Rail

    Bike

    Bus

    • DASH Bus provides service through Alexandria and to the Pentagon, and connects to MetroRail, MetroBus, and other regional bus partners.

    Car

    • Rideshare with other commuters to create a carpool or vanpool.
    • Use Carshare services to reduce demand on parking.
    • New carsharing and taxi areas will be added at the Braddock Road Metro Station.
    • In order to accommodate additional bus capacity, the City will temporarily prohibit street parking around Metro stations affected by surges, and will restrict some street sections to buses only.  Please be alert for new traffic signs and patterns.
    • The Alexandria Police Department will provide additional traffic control at key intersections impacted by the surges.
    • The City's Traffic Management Center will be fully staffed and ready to assist and adjust traffic signal timing based on traffic needs. 

    Walk

    Telework

    • The best way to commute is not to!  Learn more about how to telework from home or a remote work center.  For more information, see CommuterConnections.
    • Practice using other ways to get to work before they're needed.
    • Help your employees stay informed and make a plan, and encourage their travel alternatives.  The City's GO Alex program offers Employer Services to help.

    3. Keep Calm and Carry On

    • This is going to be a difficult time for everyone who needs to get around, which is pretty much everyone.
    • Let's all do our best to be patient and help each other out -- we're all in this together.
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