WASHINGTON, DC - As the first of Metro’s 15 SafeTrack surges comes to an end, officials are warning riders to get prepared for the second.
"This is not like what we just went through in surge one. This is much greater,” said Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld at a press conference on Thursday.
Beginning this Saturday and lasting until July 3, surge #2 will see no Orange, Blue, or Silver Line trains running between the Eastern Market and Minnesota Avenue stations and the Eastern Market and Benning Road stations. Wiedefeld said it required a line shutdown, rather than continuous single-tracking seen during surge #1 between the East Falls Church and Ballston stations.
“It’s one of the most difficult portions of the rail line to basically work on. Elevated structure across the river and then back down. It’s one of our busiest portion,” said Wiedefeld.
Metro expects 70,000 riders to be affected by this surge.
The transit agency will run shuttle buses to bridge the gap between the affected stations but warn it won’t be enough to handle the volumes they normally get on this line.
“I also want to warn you that even that experience on the buses will be tough. Again, there’s just not enough bus capacity to handle the volumes that we normally handle in this portion of the line,” added Wiedefeld.
Meanwhile, Blue Line riders in Virginia will also be affected by the second surge.
“During surge two, the Blue Line will run only between Franconia and Arlington Cemetery and only during the hours the cemetery is open,” said Wiedefeld.
No Metro trains or buses will run to the Rosslyn station and riders trying to get into the District of Columbia are urged to take the Yellow Line to L’Enfant Plaza.
Along both segments of the system are encouraged to find other means of getting to work: other rail or bus lines, carpooling (during off-peak hours if possible), the Capital Bikeshare program, or telework.
Full details on SafeTrack Surge #2 can be found HERE.