Your daily commute might be affected at some point over the next year as Metro embarks on a massive effort to rehabilitate its aging rail system.
Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today announced its “SafeTrack” plan to “improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability.” The plan includes 15 “safety surges” over the next year that will include closing stations at midnight all week and reducing service on many of its lines at various times, according to a press release.
“Metrorail riders will be encouraged to consider using alternate travel options while safety surge work is in effect on their line,” the press release cautions. At a press conference held this morning, Wiedefeld said “the level of service will go down during these surge periods.”
Orange, Blue and Silver riders can expect a shutdown between Eastern Market and Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road from Aug. 20 to Sept. 6, according to Metro. On the Red Line, the agency will shut down service between NoMa and Ft. Totten between Oct. 9 and Nov. 2. Shuttle buses will replace service at stations affected by shutdowns, according to Metro.
The transit agency will also put in place a moratorium on early openings and late closings, and the system will close at midnight seven days a week beginning Friday, June 3, it announced.
Read the full press release below:
Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today released SafeTrack, an expanded track work plan to improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability.
Wiedefeld’s SafeTrack plan includes 15 “safety surges” over the next year that will accelerate maintenance on Metro’s rail system from the ballast up. By closing the system at midnight on weekends and expanding weekday maintenance opportunities, the plan addresses FTA and NTSB safety recommendations and deferred maintenance backlogs while restoring track infrastructure to good health.
SafeTrack accomplishes in one year, work that otherwise would take about three years to complete.
Fifteen “safety surges” are planned that will allow track crews to exponentially increase productivity and achieve safety results for customers faster. These long-duration track outages use either around-the-clock single tracking or line-segment shutdowns that will impact rush hour commutes. Metrorail riders will be encouraged to consider using alternate travel options while safety surge work is in effect on their line.
Metro Transit Police released photos of six youths that they believe are connected to an attack aboard a Red Line train that left a man with a broken jaw and a concussion.
The attack happened between Union Station and the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station on a rush-hour Red Line train on Dec. 21. About 5:30 p.m., a group of youths attacked a man on the train after he refused to give them his bag.
The youth were able to evade police at the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station.
Last night, Metro Transit Police released photos of six people they believe are connected to the attack.
Anyone who is able to identify the individuals pictured is asked to call Metro Transit Police Detectives at (202) 962-2121 and reference case #2015-61461. Tips also can be sent via text message to “MyMTPD” (696873).
Free shuttle buses will replace trains between the NoMa-Gallaudet University and Farragut North Metro stations from 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday as part of rebuilding work along the Red Line, according to Metro. The Union Station Metro station, along with Judiciary Square Metro station and the upper levels of the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro stations, won’t open during the repairs Saturday.
Trains will run every 10 minutes between the NoMa-Gallaudet University and Glenmont Metro stations, as well as between the Farragut North and Shady Grove Metro stations.
Metro is advising passengers to add up to 25 minutes in travel time.
Normal weekend service for the Red Line is expected to return Sunday.
Photo via Wikimedia/thisisbossi
The family of the 41-year-old man killed last year in a subway tunnel near Union Station is suing Metro.
Harold Ingram’s estate is filing a lawsuit for $10 million, NBC Washington reports.
Ingram, a U.S. Army veteran and father of six, died in October 2013 after he was hit in the chest by a 40-foot piece of rail about 400 feet from the Union Station platform, in the direction of Glenmont, reports say. Two other workers were injured.
The wrongful death suit claims that Metro failed to inspect a ruptured hose that spurred the accident, and failed to properly train workers.
A Metro spokesman declined to comment on the suit. A hearing will be held in January.