WMATA Issues Draft SafeTrack Plan

Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today released SafeTrack, an expanded track work plan to improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability.

Under the plan, Metrorail will close on the weekends at midnight beginning June 3rd and maintenance crews will begin working at 8PM on weekdays. Users should expect long-duration outages on certain line segments. According to Metrorail, the longer-duration outages are primarily above ground. During SafeTrack, Metrorail expects to work on rail renewal, equipment replacement, ventilation repairs and radio system and cell phone installation.

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.

Following the review and consideration of traffic mitigation and alternate travel options by the Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, regional law enforcement, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration (GSA), a final version of SafeTrack will be released for riders on May 16.

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