WMATA announced that due to delays caused by winter weather, SafeTrack Surge #13 will be extended by three days. Surge #13, which had been scheduled to run March 4 through April 9, will now end on Wednesday, April 12. During this time, Blue and Yellow line trains will run less frequently due to a 24/7 work zone between Braddock Rd and Huntington/Van Dorn Street stations. All Blue and Yellow line trains will share a single track through the work zone.
In addition, there will no longer be a Phase 2 of this surge as originally planned. This means that Blue Line service, which had been expected to return to normal on April 2, will remain modified for the duration of the surge.
- Continuous single tracking between Braddock Road & Huntington/Van Dorn Street stations.
- Blue Line trains will run every 24-30 minutes, even during rush hour. All Blue Line riders should consider alternate travel options, including free express shuttle bus service during rush hours between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon.
- No Yellow Rush+ service between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt during Surge #13.
- Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square, even during rush hour. All Yellow Line riders south of Reagan National Airport should consider alternate travel options during this time.
- Additional Yellow Line trains will operate between Reagan National Airport and Mt. Vernon Square only. Customers traveling south of Reagan National Airport should consider transferring prior to the airport station at Pentagon, Pentagon City or Crystal City to continue their trip and avoid crowding.
- After 10 p.m. all Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square every 24 minutes.
- Buses may replace trains after 8 p.m. south of Braddock Road to allow for movement of heavy construction equipment on Friday, March 24, and Wednesday, April 12.
As a result of last week's winter storm, SafeTrack work activity was suspended so that track employees could be redeployed for snow-clearing operations. In addition, the cold temperatures caused ice to form along the aerial structure within the work zone, impeding production and presenting a potential safety risk to workers. The ice had to be removed, which further delayed the project. Metro determined that it would be more efficient to extend the current surge, keeping all work equipment and safety mechanisms in place, rather than breaking down the site and returning at a later date.
For complete details about SafeTrack Surge #13 and alternate travel options, see original service advisory: Metro SafeTrack Surge #13: Blue/Yellow Lines | Braddock Rd to Huntington/Van Dorn Begins March 4.