In the coming weeks Metrorail will announce the details of its final SafeTrack Surge on the Red Line. Last Friday, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority warned riders that they should anticipate buses replacing trains between Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations because the Shady Grove and Rockville stations will be closed.
The exact dates and service details will be released in the coming weeks.
Last year, trains were single tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook but this work requires completely closing the stations.
This Surge #16 will run through late June. The best news is that at that time, the SafeTrack work will conclude.
To date, Metro’s SafeTrack program has replaced nearly 35,000 crossties, more than 21,000 fasteners and more than 41,000 linear feet of rail as part of an aggressive one-year track work plan to rehabilitate the Metrorail system and restore infrastructure to a state of good repair. SafeTrack will achieve three years’ worth of work in a single year.
At the conclusion of the SafeTrack program, Metro will migrate to a new preventive maintenance program that meets industry standards to ensure long-term safety and reliability. New Metrorail hours to allow for the preventive maintenance program will take effect in late June.