Red Line Passengers Urged to Seek Alternatives During Upcoming SafeTrack Surge

Repair blitz will affect entire Red Line from Oct. 29 to Nov. 22


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Red Line riders should look for alternatives, or expect delays, from Oct. 29 through Nov. 22 as Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s SafeTrack Surge 10 affects Metro’s busiest line.

Surge 10 is the last of Metro’s repair blitzes to affect Montgomery County. WMATA is asking Red Line riders to consider telecommuting, traveling at off-peak times, taking the bus and MARC and other travel alternatives. With fewer trains running less often, commuters should expect trains to be extremely crowded, Metro said.

The surge affects the entire Red Line.

Shady Grove trains to NoMa-Gallaudet U will run every six minutes. Glenmont trains to Fort Totten will run every 10 minutes. The Brookland-CUA and Rhode Island Avenue stations will be closed. Free shuttle buses will replace trains between NoMa-Gallaudet U and Fort Totten.

Ride On plans free shuttle buses between the Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten Metrorail stations during extended rush hours. To encourage commuters to travel outside of peak hours, MCDOT will provide free Ride On shuttles between the Metrorail stations weekdays every 10 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. MCDOT is extending peak-hour service to 4½ hours in both the morning and afternoon.

The Green/Yellow Line connects Fort Totten with Gallery Place, replacing the Red Line. Other alternatives to riding the Red Line include the MARC train and the extra Metrobuses deployed along key north-south routes.

Montgomery County, including the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), is assisting travelers during SafeTrack Surge 10, as outlined below.

For Riders:

— Distribute free round-trip MARC Train tickets prior to the start of Surge 10 at the Silver Spring and Rockville Metrorail stations to encourage commuters to try this alternative. Tickets will be distributed, while they last, on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 to 9 a.m. and Thursday, October 27 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

— Post bike route “SafeTrack Detour” signs at station entrances to connect West Hyattsville on the Green/Yellow Line with the Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations.

— Coordinate with Montgomery County Police to provide traffic control to improve bus operations at the Silver Spring Transit Center and other key locations.

— Offer free Bikeshare memberships, training and helmets to qualified, low income residents through the MC Liberty program.

For Drivers:

— Monitor traffic and adjust traffic signals in areas most affected by SafeTrack to improve bus operations and traffic flow.

— Suspend MCDOT road repair projects along key commuter routes affected by surges.

Try Biking:

— Use the Georgetown Branch Trail between Silver Spring, Bethesda and Georgetown. This signed trail combines on-street travel with a gravel and paved path. Route distances are 5.7 miles between Silver Spring and Bethesda and 12.1 miles between Silver Spring and Georgetown.

— Use Capital Bikeshare.

Consider Driving as a Last Resort:

For those with limited choices, driving may be the best option, but expect more traffic congestion than usual.

— Drive, park and ride. Check Park and Ride Lot options using this interactive map.

— Check Commuter Connections for ride-sharing information or contact Montgomery County Commuter Services for assistance at 240-773-8747.

— Use a car share vehicle. Montgomery County offers Zipcars at some parking garages.

For more information, visit Montgomery County SafeTrack, Metro SafeTrack or Montgomery County Commuter Services. 

The Montgomery County’s 311 Call Center is extending its hours to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday from October 31 through November 22. Call 311 from within the County, 240-777-0311 from outside the County or use Maryland Relay Services. You can learn more about Surge 10 at www.mc311.com by using the key words “safe track”.

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