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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Red Line Passengers Urged to Seek Alternatives During SafeTrack Surges in August: Surges 6 and 7
Red Line Passengers Urged to Seek Alternatives During SafeTrack Surges in August:
Surge #6 Begins August 1 and Will Affect the Entire Red Line;
Surge #7 Begins August 9 with Greatest Impact at Shady Grove and Rockville
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) first surges to affect the Red Line begin next week: These surges, and especially Surge #6, are expected to cause major delays on the entire Red Line -- the Metrorail system’s busiest line. Metro is urging commuters to find alternatives, particularly during weekday, peak travel hours. Read the complete press release.
This Surge affects the second highest number of passengers of all WMATA surges.
Continuous single tracking between Takoma and Silver Spring will result in major disruptions throughout the entire Red Line.
The number of trains running between Glenmont and Silver Spring will be cut in half; one quarter of the trains between Silver Spring and NoMa will be available; and service between NoMa and Grosvenor-Strathmore will be cut by a quarter.
Anticipate significant Metrorail delays that could add an hour each way to commutes.
Red Line passengers are urged to seek alternate transportation, telework or ride at off-peak hours.
What to Expect
Between Shady Grove and NoMa, Red Line trains will run every six minutes during peak periods and every 12 minutes during midday and evenings.
Between Glenmont and Grosvenor-Strathmore, Red Line trains will run every 12 minutes.
To improve Metrorail safety and reliability, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has accelerated its maintenance of Metrorail to complete three years’ worth of work in one year. This effort is limiting service in certain areas at scheduled times, which Metro is calling Safety Surges. Montgomery County will be most affected by Surges 6, 7 and 10.
Montgomery County’s 311 Call Center is extending its hours to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday from August 1 through 18. Call 311 from within the County, 240-777-0311 from outside the County or use Maryland Relay Services. Online help from 311 is always available.
Commuter Services Video Encourages Employers to Offer Telework as a Commuting Option During SafeTrack
MCDOT's Commuter Services has created a quick, one-minute video aimed at employers to encourage them to consider telework during SafeTrack and beyond. The video highlights the benefits of telework for both employers and employees, encourages employers to view an online webinar video and offers consulting assistance to employers who want to get started right away. View the video and the telework webinar online or call Commuter Services at 240-777-8380..