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Navigating the Summer Metro Shutdown

Tai Mooney
Tai Mooney March 19, 2020 Tai is a Program Coordinator for Vanpool Connect and Commute66 at Arlington Transportation Partners. His multi-modal commute involves a walk or bus ride to the Metro.

ATP Takeaway: Stay ahead of the curve by offering alternatives for your employees to get to work during this summer’s Orange Line shutdown and maintain business continuity.

As part of WMATA’s Platform Improvement Project, the Vienna, Dunn Loring, and East Falls Church Metro Stations will be closed from May 23 through September 7. West Falls Church Metro Station will remain open as both Silver and Orange Line trains can pass through the closed stations but will not stop at them. We take a look at how your business can avoid any disruption to your employees’ daily commutes.

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Give Your Employees More Options

Many employees will need to find alternative transportation methods to travel to work, and that’s where Commute66 can assist you:

Set up telework

Teleworking is a great option to offer to those employees who rely on Metrorail for their daily commute. Your employees may even be more productive when teleworking and reducing the time spent commuting. Check out our resources, whether you’re looking to start a new telework policy at your business, or just looking to manage your current one more efficiently.

Form new vanpools and carpools

Dynamic tolling on I-66 can make this Metro shutdown seem even more disruptive. However, there are easy ways to avoid paying the tolls along I-66. HOV2+ vehicles, as long as they have an E-Z Pass Flex installed, can use the I-66 Express Lanes for free during toll hours. Commute66 can help you encourage employees to join a vanpool and we can look for vans that match their schedules.

Discover more transit and rail options

WMATA is planning additional Orange Line service from Ballston heading east to Rosslyn to accommodate more riders. The only Silver Line stop to be affected will be East Falls Church, so making it to one of the other stations on the Silver Line could be a temporary solution for your employees.

Plans to increase the amount of shuttle buses from Fairfax and Prince William Counties are also under way. These shuttles would connect to Metro stations that will still be running. The Fairfax Connector and OmniRide buses also provide commuters from Reston and Loudoun with an option. OmniRide connects commuters from Prince William County to their workplaces in Northern Virginia, helping them to avoid SOV traffic. The Fairfax Connector is a similar bus serving those in Fairfax County.

Get Your Staff Ready

Keep business running as usual and make sure your business’ commute programs are designed for your employees. Begin planning as early as possible to stay ahead of the game and avoid any loss of productivity over the summer. As we’ve recently learned, disruption can happen any time, it will pay off to be prepared.

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Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com for Arlington Transportation Partners

Tags: Bus, Metro, Vanpool Connect, Telework, Transit, Commute66, I-66

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