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WMATA releases final “Safe Track” plan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld released the final “Safe Track” plan to the public on May 19. It is a comprehensive maintenance effort that will fit three years of track work into one year. The plan also addresses the Federal Transit Administration and National Transportation Safety Board recommendations. Implementation of the plan will start immediately.

The plan will expand maintenance into weekends, weeknights, and midday hours. It also includes 15 “Safety Surges,” or long-duration track outages for major projects within the metro system. The first Safety Surge will begin on June 4, and the following lines will be affected:

  • Orange Line trains will run every 18 minutes at stations between Vienna and Ballston
  • Silver Line trains will run every 18 minutes at all times
  • Additional Orange Line trains will run between Ballston and New Carrollton; however, trains will still be less frequent than normal
  • Expect significant crowding on Orange and Silver line trains
  • Blue, Yellow, Green and Red line service will operate normally during rush hours during Safety Surge 1.

You can see the complete schedule of Safety Surges here. 

If you would like to read the Safe Track plan in it’s entirety, you can find it here.