Metro’s First SafeTrack Commuting Day is Monday

Welcome to first workday of Metro’s new SafeTrack program.

The repair project — which will include 15 “safety surges” — over the next 10 months began Saturday, with single tracking and reduced trains on the Silver and Orange lines from Wiehle-Reston East to Ballston. The surge will last until June 16.

Metro is conducting the rolling repairs in order to complete three years of needed changes and improvements in about a year.

Metro says expect significantly longer wait times and crowded trains on the Silver and Orange lines the next 10 days.

Orange Line trains will run only every 18 minutes between Vienna and Ballston, while Silver Line trains will run every 18 minutes. Additional trains will be placed in service east of Ballston.

Here is what you need to know to get around today:

Here is the main SafeTrack page with a detailed schedule of surges and their impact.

Are you driving downtown or along the Silver/Orange lines? There may be increased road traffic as well.

The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock tested the ride from Silver Spring to Wiehle-Reston East over the weekend. Here is how it went.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation officials held an online chat on Thursday. This transcript may answer some of our questions.

Check out more Fairfax County options on this page, including a direct bus from Reston to Pentagon, Fairfax Connector schedules and more.

Good luck — and let us know how your commute goes on Monday.

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