Metro unveils changes to SafeTrack surge 14

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced its plan for the SafeTrack surge 14 that begins next month on the northern end of the Green Line. The surge will be broken into two phases.

Metro had initially planned to have continuous single tracking, but is instead opting for a partial line shutdown. The transit authority said this will cut down on the amount of time needed for the work to be completed and reduce the impact on riders on other parts of the Green Line.

The first phase runs from April 15 to April 29. During that time, the Greenbelt and College Park stations will be closed. Free shuttle buses will operate between those two stations plus the Prince George's Plaza station.

Metro said there will be "close to regular service elsewhere on the line" between the Prince George's Plaza and Branch Ave stations. However, Yellow Rush+ trains will not run during this time.

The second phase runs from April 30 to May 14. During this time, the Greenbelt station will be the only one that is closed and free shuttle buses will operate between the Greenbelt and College Park stations.

Metro said there will be "close to regular service elsewhere" between the College Park
and Branch Ave stations. However, Yellow Rush+ trains will not run during this time.

More details can be found here.

Also unveiled on Thursday, was a plan by the union representing Metro's workers, ATU Local 689, that it said is to save, stabilize, and improve WMATA.

The plan, called "Fix it, Fund it, Make it Fair" offers up over a dozen suggestions to improve the system, including implementing a flat fare system, rejecting service cuts, and adopting safety recommendations.

You can read the full report here.

In a statement, Metro said it welcomes the union’s engagement and will carefully review the plan and looks forward to working together to improve the system.