County Urges Metro Passengers to Seek Alternatives During SafeTrack Red Line Work
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s first surges to affect the Red Line begin next week: Surge #6 takes place August 1 through August 7 and Surge #7 will be in effect August 9 to August 18. These surges, and especially Surge #6, are expected to cause major delays on the entire Red Line — the Metrorail system’s busiest line. Metro is urging commuters to find alternatives, particularly during weekday, peak travel hours.
At an informational event held on July 27 at the Silver Spring Transit Center, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said that extensive track work will move to the Red Line in Montgomery County starting Monday, Aug. 1, and last at least a week. He said riders could expect delays of up to an hour.
Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner, who chairs the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, spoke at the news conference and he talked about the patience Montgomery County Red Line users must have over the next few weeks after the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation begins it “surge” of safety repairs on the Red Line.