WMATA's Surge Maintenance Work Resumes Feb. 11

The agency that runs the subways and transit buses in the nation's capital will resume its around-the-clock SafeTrack "surge" maintenance work Feb. 11 with an 18-day shutdown on its Blue Line between the Rosslyn and Pentagon stations.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the agency known as Metro that runs the subways and transit buses in the nation's capital, will resume its around-the-clock SafeTrack "surge" maintenance work Feb. 11 with an 18-day shutdown on its Blue Line between the Rosslyn and Pentagon stations. The agency announced Jan. 27 how trains will operate during the shutdown.

  • From Feb. 11-28, Blue Line trains won't operate at any time. Yellow Line Rush+ trains will run all day between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt.
  • Yellow Rush+ trains will run in addition to Yellow Line trains between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square. During rush hours, those trains will run every 8 minutes, – resulting in service every 4 minutes at stations normally served by both Blue and Yellow line trains.
  • Green Line service will run every 8 minutes during rush hour, rather than every 6 minutes, to accommodate additional Yellow Line trains on that line.
  • During the surge, all Metrorail stations will be open except Arlington Cemetery, which will be served by buses from Pentagon.

Metro said its new service plan means riders from Virginia will experience less crowding and will be able to ride into the District of Columbia without changing trains. Riders traveling between Largo and Downtown DC should use Silver Line trains, which will run on their regular weekday schedule (every 6 minutes during rush hour).

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