SafeTrack – Know Your Options

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SafeTrack is a program to perform maintenance and repair of the Metrorail system, to improve safety and reliability. According to Metro, "SafeTrack is a massive, comprehensive, holistic effort to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system... by expanding all available maintenance windows." The plan includes "maintenance surges," periods of days or weeks when segments of Metrorail lines operate on one track or are shut down completely.

SafeTrack information from Metro

Metro releases schedule information for 2017 SafeTrack surges

During the SafeTrack project, many Washington, D.C.-area residents, workers, and visitors will need to use other transportation options for many trips that would normally be taken by Metrorail, or plan for additional time to accommodate the delays. is all about providing information about transportation options — rail, bus, bike, walk, Capital Bikeshare, car/vanpools and even telework — that make it easier for you to get where you need to go. As SafeTrack progresses, check this site for regular updates and information about current maintenance projects and options for traveling to and through areas affected by reduced Metrorail service.

Metrorail Weekend Hours

The Metrorail system closes at midnight every night, including weekends, to increase the overnight maintenance window.

Completed Projects

Surge 16, June 17 - 25, 2017 (click to expand/collapse)

This is the final SafeTrack Surge. The Red Line will be shut down between Shady Grove and Twinbrook. Two stations will be closed, Shady Grove and Rockville. Metro will operate shuttle buses.

Surge 16 Options and Resources

Surge 16 information from Metro

WTOP track work guide: Surge 16
Max Smith, June 10, 2017, WTOP

Metro's last SafeTrack surge will shutter part of the Red Line
Martine Powers, May 18, 2017, Washington Post

SafeTrack Surge 16 information and options from Montgomery County Department of Transportation

Information about MARC train alternative to Metrorail from (Broken link removed June 27, 2017)

Modified MTA Commuter Bus service for Surge 16, from (Broken link removed July 5, 2017)

Surge 16 information from Montgomery County Department of Transportation

Surge 15, May 16 - June 15, 2017 (click to expand/collapse)

Surge 15 will bring a line segment shutdown at the east end of the Orange Line, from New Carrollton to Stadium-Armory. These stations will be closed: New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood, and Minnesota Ave. Orange Line trains will run between Stadium-Armory and Largo Town Center during the surge. Silver Line trains will not continue eastward past Stadium-Armory.  Metro will operate free shuttle buses between the closed stations and open Blue Line stations.

Surge 15 Options and Resources

Surge 15 information from Metro, including transit options

MARC commuter rail's Penn Line offers service between New Carrollton and Union Station in D.C. MARC tickets are available at the Commuter Store and online from

Surge 15 information from MARC

Amtrak's Northeast Regional route also operates between New Carrollton and Union Station, D.C.

Surge 15 information from Fairfax County

WTOP track work guide: Surge 15

Surge 14, April 15 - May 14, 2017 (click to expand/collapse)

Surge 14 will affect the Green Line, with line segment shutdowns between Greenbelt and Prince George's Plaza. Surge 14 will be conducted in two phases.

During phase 2, from April 30 through May 14, the work zone will be shortened to between Greenbelt and College Park only. As a result, only Greenbelt Station will be closed. Free shuttle buses will run between Greenbelt and College Park. Green Line trains will run close to regular service between College Park and Branch Avenue, every 6 to 8 minutes during rush hours. Yellow Rush+ trains will not operate.

During phase 1, from April 15 through April 29, buses replaced trains between Greenbelt and Prince George’s Plaza. Two stations were closed: Greenbelt and College Park.

Surge 14 Options and Resources

Surge 14 information from Metro, including travel options

Metro announces SafeTrack Surge 14 service plan
March 30, 2017, WMATA

WTOP track work guide: Surge 14
Max Smith, March 30, 2017, WTOP

Surge 14 will shut down northern end of Green Line
Martine Powers, March 30, 2017, Washington Post

Prince George's County SafeTrack information — From the Prince George's County, Md., Department of Public Works and Transportation

Surge 13, March 4 - April 12, 2017 (click to expand/collapse)

The work zone will be between the Braddock Road and Huntington/Van Dorn Street stations. Continuous single-tracking will mean less-frequent Blue and Yellow line service.

Update March 18, 2017

Metro is extending SafeTrack Surge 13 to make up time lost during this week's winter storm. Surge #13, which had been scheduled to end on April 9, will be extended through the end of the day Wednesday, April 12. In addition, there will no longer be a "Phase 2" of this surge as originally planned. This means that Blue Line service, which had been expected to return to normal on April 2, will remain modified for the duration of the surge.

  • Blue Line trains will run every 24 minutes, even during rush hour. All Blue Line riders should consider alternate travel options.
  • No Yellow Rush+ service between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt.
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square, even during rush hour. All Yellow Line riders south of Reagan National Airport should consider alternate travel options during this time.
  • Additional Yellow Line trains will operate between Reagan National Airport and Mt Vernon Square. Customers traveling south of Reagan National Airport should consider transferring at Pentagon, Pentagon City or Crystal City to continue their trip and avoid crowding.

Surge 13 Options and Resources

More information from Metro about Surge 13, including bus options

Arlington SafeTrack Surge Response for Surge 13

SafeTrack 13 on Twitter

WTOP track work guide, Surge 13 (part 1)

ART - Arlington Transit alternatives to Blue Line in Arlington

Travel options from Fairfax County, Virginia

Surge 13 information from Arlington Transportation Partners

Metrowayfrequent bus service between Pentagon City, Crystal City, and Braddock Road Metro stations

City of Alexandria SafeTrack Surge 13 video

Surge 12, February 11-28, 2017 (click to expand/collapse)
  • No trains will run between Rosslyn and Pentagon.
  • In Virginia, no Blue Line trains will be in service. Use Yellow Line Rush+ trains and transfer at L'Enfant Plaza to continue your trip. In Maryland, use Silver Line instead.
  • Arlington Cemetery Station closed (served by buses from Pentagon).
  • Yellow Rush+ trains will run all day between Franconia-Springfield & Greenbelt.
  • Green Line frequency will be reduced as Yellow Line Rush+ trains operate all day on shared tracks

Surge 12 Options and Resources

More information from Metro about Surge 12, including transit options

Arlington's SafeTrack surge response for Surge 12

Bus alternatives from ART - Arlington Transit

  • ART 43 Courthouse-Rosslyn-Crystal City is a convenient option for getting between Crystal City and the Rosslyn-Courthouse area. Service runs every 10 minutes during rush hours with only four stops at the Court House Metro, Rosslyn Metro, Crystal City Metro and the Crystal City VRE. Service runs every 20 minutes during midday, evenings and weekends.
  • ART 42 Ballston-Pentagon runs weekdays between Ballston Metro and Pentagon Metro with stops at Virginia Square, Clarendon, Courthouse Road and Arlington's Department of Human Services.

Welcome Back, SafeTrack, February 6, 2017, Arlington Transportation Partners

Transit options during Surge 12 from Fairfax County

Surge 11, November 28 - December 20, 2016 (click to expand/collapse)

Orange and Silver Line trains will continuously single track between West Falls Church and East Falls Church from November 28 through December 20, 2016. Expect fewer trains and crowded conditions on the Orange and Silver lines between Rosslyn and Stadium-Armory, not just in the project area.

Information from Metro about Surge 11, including train frequency, transportation alternatives, and links to maps, a flyer, and a brochure.

Arlington's SafeTrack Surge Response for Surge 11 -- To supplement Metro’s efforts to assist travelers, Arlington County is continuing to encourage alternate work/travel options, providing supplemental ART bus service, and making temporary street changes around Arlington’s Orange Line Metro stations.

Surge 11 information from Fairfax County, including bicycling information, bus and rail options, and Park-and-Ride information.

WTOP track work guide, Surge 11 -- Details of the work and workarounds for travelers.

SafeTrack Resources

Metro SafeTrack page — Project information directly from the transit authority

Alexandria SafeTrack page — Information from the City of Alexandria

Arlington County SafeTrack information — Information about the SafeTrack plan, focusing on Arlington.

Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) SafeTrack page — Information from Arlington County’s business-to-business transportation consulting organization. SafeTrack page — Bicycling resources for SafeTrack projects that affect Arlington. Bike Commuting page — In addition to being fun, bike commuting can be a great way to increase physical fitness, help the environment, and save money. And when traffic is bad, it's often the fastest way to get to work, too. Check out BikeArlington's information for biking during SafeTrack and the formation of bike trains.

Capital Bikeshare — With over 3,000 bikes located throughout DC, Arlington, Alexandria, and Montgomery County, it's easy to get from place to place. Join Capital Bikeshare for a day, 3 days, a month, or a year. The first 30 minutes of each ride is free. NEW! Capital Bikeshare will offer a Single-Trip fare that will allow travelers to take a single Capital Bikeshare ride for $2 for trips under 30 minutes.

car2go — Now car2go members can travel freely between Arlington and D.C., and car2go has increased vehicle availability in Arlington.

Car-Free A to Z — This trip-planning tool lets you compare all regional transportation options including bus, rail, biking, walking and Capital Bikeshare for any trip you want to take. Get turn-by-turn directions, travel times, costs and calories burned.

Car-Free Near Me — Provides locations of bus stops and other transportation services near your home, workplace, current location, or any location you choose. Car-Free Near Me also tells you what transit services and routes serve those locations, and provides real-time information.

City of Alexandria SafeTrack Page — Information about the surges that will most affect Alexandria, and the city's response. Transportation Options — Metrorail might be the Washington, D.C. area’s most popular car-free transportation option, but it’s certainly not the only one. Get an overview of Metrobus, local bus systems, bicycling, Capital Bikeshare, and more.

Fairfax County SafeTrack information — Links to Fairfax Connector and VRE schedules, park and ride lots, more.

Fairfax County Commuting by Bike during SafeTrack — Bicycling directions and maps

goDCgo SafeTrack page — Information from the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Metro Trip Planner — Trip planner has been updated with schedules for SafeTrack Surges

Montgomery County Department of Transportation SafeTrack information — Information about SafeTrack Surge projects in Montgomery County.

Prince George's County SafeTrack information — From the Prince George's County, Md., Department of Public Works and Transportation

Ridesharing — Ridesharing can be as simple as family members, neighbors, or coworkers deciding to ride to and from work together. But that's not the only way. Local governments, employers, and private companies offer ridesharing services to match you to an existing carpool or vanpool, or help you form a new one.

Telework —  The easiest of all commutes! Ask your employer if you are eligible to telework. If your company is located in Virginia, Telework!VA can help.

Want to ride the bus during SafeTrack but don't know how? — These days many commuters are looking at the bus as an alternative to the troubled Metro system. But for many people who rely solely on the rail system to get around, the bus may be a new, even intimidating experience. Luz Lazo, October 28, 2016, Washington Post