Metro begins Surge #9 of SafeTrack maintenance plan

- After a brief setback, Metro's SafeTrack Surge #9 has begun. The first day for the transit system's latest round of maintenance  and repairs began Thursday and will last last until October 26. Train service was briefly suspended between the Vienna and E Falls Church stations at around 5 a.m. Bus service was requested but the unexpected delay was quickly resolved.

During SafeTrack Surge #9, Orange Line trains will continuously single track during weekdays between Vienna and West Falls Church Metrorail Stations.

Commuters will have to get off their trains at West Falls Church, before heading into D.C. or farther into Virginia.

In addition, on the weekends of Sept. 24-25, 2016, and Oct. 1-2, 2016, Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church stations will be closed. And then on the weekends of Oct. 8-9, 2016, and Oct. 15-16, 2016, Vienna and Dunn Loring stations will be closed.

Metro announced this warning in a release:

**Trains to/from the Vienna Metrorail Station are likely to be extremely crowded, especially during rush-hour periods. Metro riders who have the ability to do so should consider alternate travel options and avoid traveling during rush hour if possible.**

Looking for more info on SafeTrack #9? Click here.

COMPLETE SafeTrack Surge #9 Info: Vienna to West Falls Church

Orange Line trains will continuously single track weekdays between Vienna and West Falls Church from September 15 through October 26, 2016.

  • Shuttle train will operate between Vienna and West Falls Church every 24 minutes (regularly every 6 minutes during rush hour). Transfer at West Falls Church to continue trip.
  • Normal service levels at other Orange Line stations.
  • Expect trains to/from Vienna to be extremely crowded.
  • Limited free weekday rush hour express Metrobus shuttle service will operate between Vienna and West Falls Church every 5-10 minutes from 5AM-9AM and 3PM to 8PM (Shuttles will not stop at Dunn Loring.)
  • Customers who normally use Vienna or Dunn Loring should consider alternate boarding locations or use other travel options.

On the weekends of September 24-25 and October 1-2:

  • Free shuttle buses replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church stations 7AM Saturday through closing Sunday.
  • Stations Closed: Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church.

On the weekends of October 8-9 and October 15-16:

  • Free shuttle buses replace trains between Vienna and West Falls Church stations 7AM Saturday through closing Sunday.
  • Stations Closed: Vienna and Dunn Loring.

Orange Line trains may be very crowded, especially during rush hour due to severe service reduction. Expect significantly longer wait times at the following stations:

Vienna Orange Line
Dunn Loring  Orange Line
*West Falls Church  Orange Line 
*East Falls Church  Orange Line 

*Service impacts for weekend line segment shutdowns only.

Weekend train frequencies may change to coordinate with other planned track work on the Metrorail system.Weekend service information is posted in the Alerts & Advisories section


Brochures and Maps

Map of Full Service Impacts (pdf)
Parking Availability (pdf)
Surge 9 Brochure (pdf)
Surge 9 Sign/Flyer (pdf)
Printable Detailed Bus Information (pdf)
Vienna Bus Bay Map (pdf)
Dunn Loring Bus Bay Map (pdf)
West Falls Church Bus Bay Map (pdf)


TRAVEL ALTERNATIVES

Fairfax County SafeTrack Page (FairfaxCounty.gov/SafeTrack) - Resources for commuters in Fairfax County during Metro's continuing track work
Arlington County SafeTrack Page - Know your options for Metro's SafeTrack plan in Arlington 
DC SafeTrack page (ddot.dc.gov/safetrack) - District Department of Transportation transit options during SafeTrack Surges
goDCgo (Safetrack.goDCgo.com)  - Resources for DC residents, commuters and visitors to plan for SafeTrack
Loudoun County SafeTrack Page(Loudoun.gov/SafeTrack) - Learn more about how SafeTrack affects Loudoun County residents, commuters and visitors.

 

BUS OPTIONS
Printable Detailed Bus Information (pdf)

  • Limited free weekday rush hour express Metrobus shuttle service will operate between Vienna and West Falls Church every 5-10 minutes from 5AM-9AM and 3PM to 8PM (Shuttles will not stop at Dunn Loring.)
  • Fairfax Connector will operate weekday rush hour express shuttle bus service between Vienna and Pentagon.
  • If you're driving on I-66 from west of Vienna, consider taking PRTC Omni Ride  from Manassas or Gainesville to reach the Pentagon or Downtown DC; or consider taking the Manassas Metro Direct to the Tysons Metro Station.

Metrobus -

At Vienna -

1A - Vienna to Ballston 
29N - Vienna to King St.-Old Town

At Dunn Loring

1B - Dunn Loring to Ballston (AM/PM rush only)
2A - Dunn Loring to East Falls Church, Ballston
2T - Dunn Loring to Tysons Corner

At West Falls Church - (weekend options)

3T - West Falls Church to McLean
28A - West Falls Church to Tysons Corner, King St.-Old Town
 

At East Falls Church - (weekend options)

2A - East Falls Church to Ballston, Dunn Loring


West of Vienna - 

5A - Dulles to Herndon-Monroe Park &  Ride Lot, Rosslyn, L'Enfant Plaza

Arlington Transit (ART) - (weekend options)
ART 55 - East Falls Church - Lee Highway - Rosslyn

Fairfax Connector - 

401 Dunn Loring via Tysons Westpark to Tysons Corner, Franconia-Springfield
402 Dunn Loring to Tysons Corner, Franconia-Springfield
462 Dunn Loring to Tysons  Corner
463 Vienna to Tysons Corner

Supplemental Express Service to Pentagon from:
Vienna Metrorail Station ($4.00 fare)

Existing Express Service to Pentagon from:
Backlick North Park & Ride
Gambrill Road Park & Ride
Reston North Park & Ride
Saratoga Park & Ride

Loudoun County Transit 

Potomac and Rappahanock Transportation Commission (PRTC) 
For customers driving on I-66 from west of  Vienna, consider taking PRTC Omni Ride  from Manassas or Gainesville to reach the Pentagon or Downtown DC; or consider taking the Manassas Metro Direct to the Tysons Metro Station.

Gainesville to DC (AM schedule/PM schedule)
Manassas to Pentagon/DC (AM schedule/PM schedule)
Manassas Metro Direct to Tysons Metro Station (AM schedule/PM schedule)

COMMUTER RAIL

Virginia Railway Express (VRE
For customers driving on I-66 from west of Vienna, consider taking the Virginia Railway Express (VREManassas Line (via Burke Centre) to Crystal City, L’Enfant Plaza or Union Station

BIKING

Capital Bikeshare - A bike transit service of the departments of transportation in the District of ColumbiaArlington County, the City of Alexandria and Montgomery County. As an alternative to regular membership options (starting at $8/day), Capital Bikeshare is offering a flat $2 fare for single trips under 30 minutes.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association - and Bike Arlington are providing maps and signs for bike routes as an alternative to Metrorail in Virginia. Signs specific to this Surge will be posted on bike trails and around Metrorail stations.

Bike Arlington - Information to make it easy for cyclists in Arlington to get where they need to go, including more than one hundred miles of multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, and designated bike routes.

Washington & Old Dominion Trail - scenic bike route from Herndon, Vienna, Dunn Loring, Falls Church.

PARKING

Orange Line customers using the Vienna and Dunn Loring Metro Park & Ride facilities should consider other Park & Ride facilities at West Falls Church or Silver Line stations. During weekend line segement shutdowns also consider Park & Ride facilities at East Falls Church.

CARPOOLS, VANPOOLS & OTHER RESOURCES

Commuter Connections - Provides commute options to get to work and get you home in an unexpected emergency. Among many services, it offers ridematching for carpools and vanpools and administers the Guaranteed Ride Home program. 
Fairfax County Ride Sources -  The RideSources program provides commuters with free ridesharing information, including ridematching assistance to form or join carpools or vanpools.
Commuter Page - Arlington County website with helpful links and information regarding local commute options.
Loudoun County Commuter Services - Links to commute options for carpools. vanpools, biking, transit and more.
Vanpool Alliance - A public-private partnership to support vanpool riders and providers in Northern Virginia.
OmniMatch - FREE, personalized ridematching service for carpoolers and vanpoolers in Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions or need assistance planning your trip, please call Metro Customer Service at (202) 637-7000.

 

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