The next phase of the Metrorail maintenance program, SafeTrack, is scheduled for and will directly affect some riders of the Loudoun County Transit bus service.
SafeTrack is a year-long, extensive maintenance program which includes track outages of long duration in key parts of the Metrorail system.
The 11th “surge” of the SafeTrack plan will reduce the frequencies of trains at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station from six minutes to approximately every 20 minutes. The surge will result in single tracking between the West Falls Church and East Falls Church Metro stations. The direct effects on Loudoun County bus riders will be:
- From Loudoun County Transit will re-route two of its Metro-Connection bus service routes – Potomac Falls Routes 901 and 902 – from the West Falls Church Metro Station to the Ballston Metro Station during this period. The schedule is online at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack.
- During the surge, Metro’s Silver Line trains will operate every 20 minutes as opposed to the normal six-minute intervals. To assist commuters, Loudoun County Transit has produced flyers that highlight the morning and afternoon buses that line up within seven minutes of the rail arrival or departure. The flyers can be viewed and downloaded at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack.
As SafeTrack continues, increased traffic and delays on area roadways are possible if commuters choose to trade their bus or Metrorail ride for a single-occupancy vehicle. Loudoun County offers information on commuting options at www.loudoun.gov/commute.
Loudoun County Transit officials encourage commuters to stay informed about updates and changes to bus service by signing up for Bus Biz at www.loudoun.gov/BusBiz. Commuters can also sign up for local traffic alerts through Alert Loudoun at www.loudoun.gov/alert.
Links to the Loudoun County bus schedules and more information about SafeTrack, including the complete SafeTrack Plan, can be found at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack.