Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Dear DowntownDC Stakeholder:

We are writing to notify you of upcoming adjustments to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system Safety Surges #3 and #4. These adjustments are part of WMATA's year-long SafeTrack maintenance and repair program. 


For Safety Surges #3 (July 5-11) and #4 (July 12-18):

  • Safety Surges #3 and #4 will take place on back to back weeks on the Blue and Yellow Lines in Virginia. WMATA advises that Blue and Yellow line commuters will experience "a severe reduction in service" during this time and "extreme crowding and delays" of more than one hour in each direction.
  • Safety Surge #3 will shut down tracks between the National Airport and Braddock Road Metrorail stations beginning at 8pm on July 5- July 11.
  • Safety Surge #4 will shut down tracks between the National Airport and Pentagon City Metrorail stations from 5am on July 12- July 18. Crystal City station will be CLOSED for Surge #4.
  • The National Airport station will be open during these surges, but with limited rail service. WMATA will offer a shuttle bus service for airport customers during each shutdown. Other riders are encouraged to use the MetroWay bus service. 
  • Red, Green, Orange, Blue, and Silver lines will offer full service through DowntownDC during these shutdowns. Yellow Line trains will operate at reduced frequency through Downtown.

For further details on Safety Surges #3 and #4 and information on shuttle buses, view this online brochure from WMATA.


We encourage employers and employees to check wmata.com/safetrack for the latest details and travel alternatives during SafeTrack and additionally, goDCgo has created a SafeTrack page offering updates and alternative travel resources for riders at safetrack.godcgo.com. At the goDCgo website, visitors can now download a "SafeTrack Rider Toolkit." 


Additionally, please note that Capital Bikeshare continues to offer special $2 single trip memberships during the SafeTrack program.


The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) will continue to provide you with updates and notifications of the SafeTrack program and its impact on DowntownDC.


Thank you.



Neil Albert

Executive Director, DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID)


*This information has been edited for DowntownDC web content