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Metro’s Latest SafeTrack Work Brings Delays to Silver Line

by Jennifer van der Kleut — November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am 4 Comments

Some of the Silver Line's first passengers on July 26, 2014Fewer trains, longer wait times and crowding are what’s in store for Silver and Orange Line Metro riders through next month.

Metro’s latest SafeTrack “surge” began today and is expected to last through at least Dec. 21. Reston residents who depend on Metro for their daily commute are likely to feel the pain.

Technical problems — like the decaying rail ties that led to the Silver Line derailment over the summer — have caused a number of issues along the Metrorail system in the past year.

Metro officials are advising commuters to find other ways to get to around the D.C. Metro area as the system’s huge push to boost the system’s safety continues.

“Due to a severe reduction in service, Metro riders who have the ability to do so should consider alternate travel options and avoid traveling during rush hour if possible,” Metro’s latest announcement stated.

Here are other important facts Metro officials want riders to know during this time period:

  • Silver Line Trains will be traveling approximately every 20 minutes between Reston’s Wiehle-Reston East and Maryland’s Largo Town Center East.
  • Orange Line trains will run every 20 minutes between Vienna and New Carrollton in Maryland.
  • Crowding is expected on all Orange and Silver Line trains.
  • Crowding is also expected on Blue Line trains between the Rosslyn and Stadium-Armory stations due to reduced capacity on the Orange and Silver Lines.
  • Weekend service may also be impacted due to track work on various lines. Weekend service announcements are posted online.

See Metro’s full announcement online, with more details and a list of alternative travel options for commuters.

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  • Paulette Lincoln-Baker

    I wish Fairfax Connector would offer more viable alternatives, like a bus from Wiehle Reston to Rosslyn. Many of us have to go downtown or to other places like McLean and to take the Pentagon bus all the way to the Pentagon just to backtrack to D.C. on the yellow line is ridiculous and will take much more time than if I just waited the 20 minutes for the next Metro train. I never understood why there was never a bus from Reston to Rosslyn. There should be and I have suggested this multiple times to Fairfax Connector but get ignored time and time again.

    • Mike M

      Paulette, rapid bus transit was the solution to much of this region’s transportation challenges. It would have been cheaper and more flexible. You have to ask why they HAD to have an extension of a system that is a mess. The answers are not pretty.

      • Scott H

        ^^^^^^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^^^^^^
        For the price of the Silver Line, metro could have bought hundreds of buses that could have carried many more people more efficiently with the added benefit of being able to drive ANYWHERE if needed and not be restricted to fixed rail.
        Suburban rail is ALWAYS a waste of money and a dream of politicians, coincidentally. Tax-payers are now on the hook to subsidize Silver FOREVER

    • Scott H

      Rosslyn? you mean on I-66? How would that work, sitting in traffic from West Falls Church metro to Rosslyn during rush hour? kinda defeats the purpose of the train.
      Airport Lanes and Bus Lane between 123 and West Falls Church Metro provides largely easy travel for a bus. The last few miles to Rosslyn would be a parking lot.

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