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August 25, 2016 Published in 2016 Year In Review, Top Stories, Traffic & Transportation

Metro SafeTrack Surge #8: Franconia-Springfield to Van Dorn Street Begins August 27

WMATA’s SafeTrack Surge #8, which affects the Blue Line from Franconia-Springfield to Van Dorn Street, will start on Saturday, Aug. 27 and end on Sunday, Sept. 11, with additional weekend line segment shutdowns, including Labor Day weekend. WMATA announced this revised schedule on Aug. 16.

SafeTrack Surge #8 (Aug 27 - Sept 11)

SafeTrack Surge #8 (Aug 27 – Sept 11)

During Surge #8, Blue Line trains will continuously single track weekdays between Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street from Aug. 27 through Sept.11, 2016.

On weekdays:

  • Blue Line trains will run from Franconia-Springfield every 24 minutes.
  • Blue Line trains will run from Van Dorn Street every 12 minutes.
  • All other Blue Line stations will have near-normal service.
  • No Rush+ Yellow Line service. Additional trains will run to/from Huntington instead.
  • Riders who use Franconia-Springfield or Van Dorn Street stations should consider alternates, especially during rush hour; expect significant crowding on trains from Franconia-Springfield

Expect extreme crowding and delays in each direction for customers traveling to/from the following Blue / Yellow Line stations:  Franconia-Springfield, and Van Dorn Street.

On the weekends of Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 10-11:

  • Line segment shutdown between Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street 7 a.m. Saturday through closing Sunday.
  • Free shuttle buses replace trains.
  • Franconia-Springfield Station closed.

On Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5:

  • Line segment shutdown between Franconia-Springfield and King St-Old Town stations 7 a.m. Saturday through closing Monday.
  • Free shuttle buses will operate between Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Avenue stations.
  • Stations closed: Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn St.
  • Blue Line trains will operate in two segments: Huntington to Stadium-Armory and Benning Rd to Largo.

Weekend train service and frequencies may change to coordinate with other planned track work on the Metrorail system. Weekend service information is posted in the Alerts & Advisories section

See related article on Alexandria’s response to Surge #8.


Map of service impacts (pdf)
Parking Availability (pdf)
Printable detailed bus information (pdf)


Alexandria DASH SafeTrack Page – Travel alternatives for Alexandria residents during SafeTrack
Fairfax County SafeTrack Page ( – Resources for commuters in Fairfax County 
Prince William County SafeTrack Page – Potomac and Rappahanock Transportation Commission (PRTC) plans during Metro’s SafeTrack program

Printable detailed bus information (pdf)

  • Limited free weekday rush hour Metrobus express shuttle service between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon stations will operate every 6 minutes. (timetable)
  • Fairfax Connector will operate supplemental express service on Pentagon Route 394from the Saratoga Park & Ride lot.

Metrobus –

Limited free weekday rush hour Metrobus express shuttle to/from Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon stations every six minutes. (timetable)

  • Service from Franconia-Springfield will operate 5:40 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. and from the Pentagon 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Fairfax Connector– 

Route 310 Franconia – Rolling Valley
Route 401 Backlick – Gallows

Supplemental express service to the Pentagon:

Service will be added between Saratoga Park & Ride and Pentagon Metrorail station every 10 minutes combined on routes 393 and 394
Route 393 Saratoga- Pentagon – mark Center (weekday rush only)
Route 394 Saratoga – Pentagon Express (weekday rush only) (Regular schedule/Supplemental schedule)


Route AT5 (Westbound/Eastbound)
Route AT7 (Westbound/Eastbound)
Route AT8 (Westbound/Eastbound)

***DASH will implement service improvements on the AT5, AT7 and AT8 Sunday, Sept. 4

Potomac and Rappahanock Transportation Commission (PRTC) 

PRTC will implement a few minor changes to assist passengers. 

On the Prince William Metro Direct route:

  • The trip that normally goes out of service at Franconia-Springfield at 9 a.m. weekdays will operate to the PRTC Transit Center, departing the Metro station at 9 a.m.
  • The 7:45 p.m. weekday trip will depart the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station at 7:55 p.m.
  • The 10:40 p.m. weekday trip – the last trip of the night – will depart the Metro station at 10:55 p.m.
  • The 10:35 p.m. Saturday trip – the last trip of the night – will depart the Metro station at 10:50 p.m.

Prince William County residents may want to ride one of the many PRTC OmniRide buses to the Pentagon, Crystal City or Rosslyn-Ballston and transfer to MetrobusArlington Transit bus or Alexandria DASH bus.
Those who travel mid-day should consider PRTC’s Dale City – Washington OmniRide MX-1 trip, which leaves PRTC at 11:05 a.m. and picks up passengers at the Route 123/ I-95 Commuter Lot before traveling straight to multiple destinations in downtown D.C.

Passengers who use Metro to travel to Alexandria or South Arlington may want to consider these options:
Catch a Virginia Railway Express train at Franconia-Springfield and ride to King Street or Crystal City;
Ride a Lake Ridge – Mark Center OmniRide bus or a Dale City – Mark Center OmniRide bus and transfer at the Mark Center to a Metrobus or the Alexandria DASH bus.


Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

Riders from southern Fairfax County, consider riding VRE from Franconia-Springfield to access King St-Old Town, Crystal City, L’Enfant Plaza and Union Station.


Capital Bikeshare – A bike transit service of the departments of transportation in the District of ColumbiaArlington County, the City of Alexandria and Montgomery County

  • As an alternative to regular membership options (starting at $8/day), CaBi is offering a flat $2 fare for single trips under 30 minutes. 

Washington Area Bicyclist Association – Tips and directions on the best bike routes along the Yellow Line corridor in Virginia. 

Fairfax County Bike Connections – Bike connections from Fairfax County around the SafeTrack Surge zones. 

If you park and ride at Franconia-Springfield or Van Dorn St, consider other park and ride facilities such as Huntington.

For customers using Potomac and Rappahanock Transportation Commission (PRTC), Potomac Mills Mall has temporarily increased the number of spaces set aside for commuter parking to assist commuters during SafeTrack.


Commuter Connections – Provides commute options to get to work and get you home in an unexpected emergency. Among many services, it offers ridematching for carpools and vanpools and administers the Guaranteed Ride Home program. 

Carshare Alexandria! – A partnership between the City of Alexandria and carsharing services.

Van Start/Van Save – The Local Motion Van Start program for vanpools that have the City of Alexandria as their destination.

Fairfax County Ride Sources – The RideSources program provides commuters with free ridesharing information, including ridematching assistance to form or join carpools or vanpools.

Vanpool Alliance – A public-private partnership to support vanpool riders and providers in Northern Virginia.

OmniMatch – Commuters in Prince William County seeking an alternative to Metrorail can register with PRTC’s free OmniMatch program, which helps residents find carpools and vanpools.


If you have any questions or need assistance planning your trip, please call Metro Customer Service at 202-637-7000.


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