Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Transportation Alternatives for SafeTrack Surge #6, August 1-7


Ride a Bus
  • Take a free Ride On “Red Line Shuttle” between Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten Metrorail stations weekdays every 10 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Connect to the Green/Yellow Line at Fort Totten. Look for shuttles at the following locations:
        o   Silver Spring (southbound only): Colesville Road (between Wayne Avenue and the
                  Metrorail entrance)
        o   Takoma (northbound and southbound): Bus Bay A
        o   Fort Totten (northbound only):  Alighting Bus Bay (left of main entrance)
  • Take a free Ride On “Red Line Shuttle” between Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center, Bethesda and Friendship Heights stations weekdays every 10 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Look for shuttles at the following locations:
    o   Grosvenor-Strathmore  (southbound only) - Bay D
    o   Medical Center (southbound) - Bay D
    o   Medical Center (northbound) - Bay E
    o   Bethesda - Bay A
    o   Friendship Heights (northbound only) - Bay K
  • Ride enhanced Metrobus service:
    o   Route 80 weekday peak service connecting downtown DC and Fort Totten
    o   Route Y7 weekday peak service between Olney and Silver Spring
    o   MetroExtra S9 limited stop service midday between Silver Spring and McPherson Square
  • Check other bus options
    o   Check Park and Ride Lot options using this interactive map.
    o   Ride On.
    o   Metrobus, such as Route 70 between Silver Spring, Gallery Place and Archives.

Ride the Metrorail Green/Yellow Line

Take MARC Trainwhich will add extra rail cars.
  • Try the Brunswick Line, which has stations in Rockville, Metropolitan Grove, Garrett Park, Kensington, Silver Spring and Union Station (limited parking available near Garrett Park and Kensington stations).
  • Connect with Ride On at many MARC stations. Enter station name here to view transit options.
o   In Person:
§  Use Quik-Trak ticket vending machines at some stations.
§  On the platform from MARC staff at Rockville and Silver Spring during peak travel times.
§  Onboard with cash only; $20 denominations or less. (Note: MARC charges a $5 surcharge for onboard purchases.)
o   Online: (Note: When purchasing a ticket, use “Washington, DC” for Union Station.)
o   Silver Spring TRiPS store at the Silver Spring Transit Center, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Explore Commuter Services Options

Consider signing up for the County’s FareShare program for employers that allows them to buy-down the cost of transit or vanpooling for their employees. Contact Montgomery County Commuter Services at 240-777-8380 or email.

Try Biking
  • Ride to the West Hyattsville Green/Yellow Line station.
o   Look for MCDOT’s bike route “SafeTrack Detour” signs that begin at station entrances at the Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations.  
o   Route distances along the Sligo Creek Trail, with local street connections, range from about five miles betweenTakoma and West Hyattsville to 11.6 miles between Glenmont and West Hyattsville.
  • Use the Georgetown Branch Trail between Silver Spring, Bethesda and Georgetown.
o   This signed trail combines on-street travel with a gravel and paved path. 
o   Route distances are 5.7 miles between Silver Spring and Bethesda and 12.1 miles between Silver Spring and Georgetown.
  • Use Capital Bikeshare.
o   Access Capital Bikeshare in Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Chevy Chase Lake, Rockville or Shady Grove. See full station map online,
o   Use a credit card for a $2 single trip fare, good for up to 30 minutes, or an $8 daily fare.
o   Limited income residents can call Montgomery County Commuter Services at 240-777-8380 to learn about eligibility for a free, annual, Bikeshare membership. 
  • Plan your ride by checking the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Level of Traffic Stress map.
  • Join a “Learn the Route” free, guided ride, co-sponsored by Montgomery County Commuter Services and led by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Call 240-777-8380 or email for more information.

Consider Driving as a Last Resort

For those with limited choices, driving may be the best option, but expect more traffic congestion than usual.
To improve Metrorail safety and reliability, WMATA 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 ServicesOnline help from 311 is always available.