Metro prepares for SafeTrack surges three and four

ARLINGTON, VA - Metro and officials in Northern Virginia are urging riders to prepare for the next two SafeTrack safety surges which will affect that Blue and Yellow Lines, plus Reagan National Airport.

Surge three runs from July 5-11, and during it no trains will run between the Braddock Road and Reagan National stations. Surge four is from July 12-18, and no trains will run from the Reagan National to Pentagon City stations. Much like surge two, bus bridges will fill in the gaps between the stations.

"That experience will not be, it will not replicate what rail service does,” warned Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld.

Wiedefeld said they need ridership numbers to drop 75% for operations to run smoothly.

Three bus options will service the affected stations during the surge. Metroway buses will cover each station between Braddock Road and Pentagon; an express shuttle will go directly from Braddock Road to Pentagon City and vice versa; and a third shuttle will take airline passengers to Reagan National Airport.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is also preparing to help passengers flying into Reagan National who may not be aware of the track work.

"We’re working very closely with our airline partners. Asking the pilots and flight crews to make announcements as the aircraft comes in for approach to Reagan National,” said MWAA COO Margaret McKeough. “We’re also adding a lot of signage throughout the terminals and we will have our travelers’ aide volunteers very prepared to direct traffic."

For passengers heading to Reagan National to fly out, it’s recommended you give yourself some extra time to get there as there is expected to be an increase in car traffic going to and from the airport.