Metro’s SafeTrack surge five begins

WASHINGTON, DC - Metro’s next SafeTrack surge began Wednesday in Northern Virginia.

Safety surge number five runs from July 20-31 and will impact riders on the Orange and Silver Lines. There will be continuous single-tracking between the Ballston and East Falls Church Metro stations. Trains will run every 18 minutes.

Crews are repairing and replacing rail infrastructure on the outbound track between the two stations. This work was already done on the inbound portion of the track during surge number one.

But the actual work was delayed until after the morning rush hour, as crews found additional cables feeding power to the rails that needed to be disconnected for work to begin safely. A Metro spokesperson said this problem required that section of the line to be shut down for about 15 minutes while the cables were disconnected. During that time buses bridged the gaps between the stations.

Riders also faced extra delays during the first day when there were two instances of a disabled train on the track.