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Posted on: July 12, 2016

Metro Track Work to Affect Service to Stations in Rockville

SafeTrack Surge Will Limit Red Line Service in August

Rockville, Md., July 12 – Mid-August track work will have the most direct effect on stations serving Rockville as Metro continues its SafeTrack work plan to improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability.

SafeTrack Surge No. 7 is scheduled to bring continuous single-tracking between the Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations from Aug. 9-18 for enhanced track maintenance, including rail, tie and fastener renewal. During that time, trains will serve Shady Grove and Rockville stations every 18 minutes (vs. regular intervals of every six minutes during a typical rush hour). All other Red Line stations will have near-normal service. Customers are encouraged to avoid Shady Grove and Rockville if possible and use Twinbrook, White Flint or Grosvenor-Strathmore instead.

For the latest about SafeTrack, including travel alternatives, visit www.wmata.com.

From Aug. 9-18, Ride On will provide a free bus shuttle between the Grosvenor and Shady Grove stations via Interstate 270 every 10 minutes during peak travel times. Additional buses on Ride On Route 46, which provides service from Grosvenor to Rockville via White Flint and Twinbrook, will increase bus frequency to every 10 minutes during peak travel times. Regular fares will apply. Learn more about enhanced Ride On service during SafeTrack work on the Red Line at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit/.

SafeTrack work means Metrorail now closes at midnight every night, including on weekends.

Funding for Metro safety improvements and other upgrades to the rail system’s aging infrastructure were a top priority for federal support identified by the Mayor and Council last spring.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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