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Severe Service Reduction for Most of Northern Virginia with SafeTrack Surge 11

Christy Lee
Christy Lee November 28, 2016 Christy Lee is a former Marketing Manager at Destination Sales & Marketing Group.
ATP Takeaway: Continuous single tracking between West Falls Church and East Falls Church will affect all Orange and Silver Line trains, with rippling effects throughout Metro. Avoid the overcrowded platforms and trains by taking an alternative travel option.

Severe service reductions on Orange and Silver Lines begin today with SafeTrack Surge 11, directly affecting commuters in Arlington until December 21. This safety surge brings single tracking between West Falls Church and East Falls Church due to work on the lines as well as the platform, permitting use of only one platform at a time. Riders are encouraged to take alternative travel options as overcrowded platforms and trains are expected.

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Surge 11 Details

  • Single tracking between West Falls Church and East Falls Church
  • Severe service reductions for all Orange and Silver Line trains
    • Orange Line trains will run every 20 minutes between Vienna and New Carrollton
    • Silver Line trains will run every 20 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Largo Town Center

Alternative Travel Options

Limited free weekday Metrobus shuttles

There will be free Metrobus shuttles available during weekday rush hour:

  • Ballston > Virginia Square > Clarendon > Courthouse > Rosslyn (every 10 minutes)
  • Ballston > Virginia Square > Clarendon > Pentagon (every 15-20 minutes)

Bus routes

Active transportation

Biking to work is an option for you if you're looking to have a healthier lifestyle by tackling a workout while on your commute. The cold doesn't have to deter you from biking if you prepare ahead of time - see a first-hand account of biking in the cold and how you should prepare. With the evenings darker sooner, bike lights and reflectors are a must along with other safety precautions.

Join a Vanpool

If you haven't joined a vanpool yet, right now is a good time to sign up. Vanpool riders can use their transit benefit of up to $255/month, as defined by the IRS, to cover costs for maintaining the vanpool. 

Sign up for JoinAVanpool.com 

Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com

Tags: Bike, Vanpool, Commute, SafeTrack

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