Five-Mile Red Line Closure in June Marks the End of Metro’s SafeTrack Program

Shady Grove, Rockville stations will shut down June 17 for nine days of planned work


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The Twinbrook Metro station was shut down, along with other Metro stations, for emergency repairs in March 2016

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Metro is ending its SafeTrack program on June 25 after a final shutdown along the Red Line between Shady Grove and Twinbrook.

The 5-mile segment will close starting June 17 for work on replacing crossties, rail renewal and welding, according to a Metro news release. The Shady Grove and Rockville stations will be closed during the nine-day period, and free shuttle buses will replace the rail service, the release stated.

The Rockville station averages more than 4,000 riders per weekday, while Shady Grove accounts for about 11,000 riders per weekday, according to Metro data.

For the final surge, Metro officials advised riders to begin their trips at Twinbrook, White Flint or Grosvenor. Red Line trains will run in eight-minute intervals between Twinbrook and Glenmont, two more minutes than normal. Trains between Grosvenor and Silver Spring will run every four minutes, compared to every three minutes normally.

The announcement signals the end of the SafeTrack program, a yearlong effort to make safety improvements along the rail system. The plan relied on a series of “safety surges” that targeted key parts of the system for extended closures that would allow major projects to move forward.

Metro will have replaced more than 50,000 crossties by the program’s end, the release states.

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