Arlington's Response to SafeTrack Surge 1

Published on May 27, 2016

Updated 06-02-2016, to add information on Library resources to help teleworkers.

  • Encouraging telework, alternate travel options

  • Adding capacity on ART bus routes

  • Changing street operations

  • Working with WMATA, partners across region

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Arlington County is supplementing the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority"s (WMATA) efforts to assist travelers during Metrorail's SafeTrack Surge 1, which will bring continuous single tracking for Orange and Silver line trains between East Falls Church and Ballston from June 4 through June 16, 2016. Working closely with WMATA and our partners across the region, we're making operational changes and encouraging alternate travel options.

Drivers should be mindful of temporary directional signs as they travel to the Rosslyn, Ballston and East Falls Church Metrorail stations: there will be changes to parking and street access in these areas.

For timely, ongoing information, sign up for MetroAlerts and Arlington Alert.

Arlington's response plan for Surge 1

Alternate work and travel options

  • Encouraging telework/flex time, ridesharing, biking and walking.

    • Arlington Transportation Partners is reaching out to its many partners — including employers, building managers, businesses and retailers — to urge them to encourage people to telework or flex their schedules.

    • Arlington's Commuter Page has many resources available to businesses and residents; for example, assistance for vanpooling and other car-free options.

    • Driving alone should be the last resort.

    • Modeling this behavior by encouraging Arlington County Government employees to seek travel alternatives and the possibility to telework.

  • Installing a Capital Bikeshare station at the East Falls Church Metrorail station, and adding capacity to Bikeshare stations at the Ballston and Rosslyn Metrorail stations.

  • Adding bike racks at the Ballston Metrorail station.

  • Providing new "bike trains" that will stop at each Metrorail station from East Falls Church to Rosslyn.

    • Experienced riders will lead groups of new or infrequent riders who want to try cycling for their commute.

  • Improving directional signs along bike commuter routes.

  • Providing ambassadors at Ballston Metrorail station to answer questions and offer transportation option information.

  • For teleworkers who can't work at home, Arlington Public Libraries offer wifi, office equipment, design stations (with Adobe software), meeting rooms. Check out Libraries' SafeTrack resources.

Local bus service

  • Using 40-foot buses for ART 55 (East Falls Church-Lee Highway-Rosslyn) and ART 52 (Virginia Hospital-Ballston-East Falls Church) to add capacity during the first SafeTrack surge.

    • Routes provide service along the affected section of the Orange/Silver line.

    • Each 40-foot bus has five more seats and room for more standees compared to the 35-foot bus normally used on these routes.

  • For changes to bus service operated by Metro and other jurisdictions, visit Metro's website.

Street operations

  • Making temporary changes around Rosslyn, Ballston and East Falls Church Metrorail stations to accommodate additional Metro and regional buses during rush hours. This includes:

    • Removing some street parking and converting some street sections to bus-only.

    • Adjusting traffic signal operations, as needed, to accommodate increased bus operations.

  • Adjusting the County's paving schedule for the rest of the year to avoid work on arterials that may coincide with SafeTrack surges.