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Major Orange, Blue & Silver Line Track Work: McPherson Sq-Smithsonian, August 11-26

Advisory Effective: 8/11/18 - 8/26/18

SERVICE| TRAVEL ALTERNATIVES | BUS | RAIL | PARKING | OTHER OPTIONS | WEEKEND | INFORMATION

For 16 consecutive days (including 10 commuting days) when ridership is lighter in August, Metro will conduct around the clock construction on a segment of the Orange, Blue and Silver lines resulting in limited capacity, crowding and delays.

All Orange, Blue and Silver line customers are encouraged to use alternate transportation and to only use Metrorail if you have no other option.

The project is needed to address the tightest curve in the Metrorail system between McPherson Square and Smithsonian stations. Working around-the-clock, crews will rebuild the track infrastructure, including installation of new rail, new fasteners, and repairs to the concrete pads that support the rails. Crews will work on each track for approximately one week at a time so that single-track service can be maintained.

Due to single tracking between McPherson Square and Smithsonian, Orange and Silver line trains will operate every 20 minutes at all times of the day resulting in extensive delays and crowding. Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery; additional Yellow Line trains will provide service during rush hour between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt. Customers traveling between Virginia and Downtown DC should use the Yellow Line instead.

On the weekends of August 11-12 and 25-26, Farragut West, McPherson Square, and the lower level platform at Metro Center (Orange, Silver & Blue lines) will be closed.

Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect for trips on the Orange, Blue or Silver lines during this project.

Blue, Orange, Silver lines Capital Improvement Project Brochure

Red Line major improvement project continues through September 3. More details

2018 McPherson - Smithsonian Capital Project Map

SERVICE


Weekdays

  • Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Largo Town Center every 20 minutes at all times.
  • Orange Line trains will operate between Vienna and New Carrollton every 20 minutes at all times.
  • Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery every 16 minutes during rush hour periods; every 12 minutes midday and evenings; every 20 minutes after 10 p.m.
  • During rush hour, additional Yellow Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt every 16 minutes for added capacity into DC and to accommodate Blue Line customers traveling between Virginia and Downtown DC.
  • No rail or bus service between Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery. Use the Yellow Line and transfer to/from the Orange or Silver lines at L'Enfant Plaza.

See weekend service and alternatives below

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TRAVEL ALTERNATIVES


  • If you travel between Virginia and Downtown DC use the Yellow Line.
  • If you travel between the Rosslyn and Pentagon stations, use the Yellow Line and transfer to/from the Orange or Silver lines at L'Enfant Plaza.
  • Consider using Red, Yellow or Green Line stations that may be within walking distance of your destination. For example:
    • If you typically use Smithsonian, Federal Triangle or Metro Center, it may be quicker to use L'Enfant Plaza or Archives stations on the Green and Yellow lines and walk.
    • If you typically use Farragut West or McPherson Sq, it may be quicker to use the Red Line and exit at Farragut North and walk.
  • If you park and ride from Orange and Silver line stations in Virginia, consider using other county or Yellow/Blue line Park & Ride facilities.
  • Orange, Blue and Silver line riders from Virginia consider riding select trains on the VRE Manassas Line (via Burke Center) or VRE Fredericksburg Line (via Franconia Springfield or Alexandria) to Crystal City, L'Enfant Plaza or Union Station.
  • Orange, Blue and Silver line riders in Maryland consider taking the MARC Penn Line (via New Carrollton) or MARC Camden Line (via Greenbelt) downtown.
  • If you park and ride from Orange, Blue and Silver line stations in Maryland, consider using Green Line Park & Ride facilities.
  • Consider Metrobus or other local bus providers. See bus alternatives below.

BUS


For detailed schedules see timetables on wmata.com

Customers who normally transfer to/from Orange Line Blue Line Silver Line via Red Line Green Line Yellow Line should consider Metrobus service as an alternative to transferring.

To find the Metrobus option best for you go to Metro's trip planner and enter the bus only option from your originating station or transfer station to your destination or see the service nearby.

NEW - Additional trips added to Metrobus 3Y and 38B connecting stations on the Orange Line between East Falls Church and Rosslyn to Downtown DC.



Downtown Blue, Orange, Silver line stations

30N, 30S Friendship Heights-Southeast line connects Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Federal Triangle, L'Enfant Plaza, Capitol South, Eastern market at all hours.

37 Wisconsin Ave Limited and 39 Pennsylvania Avenue Limited connect Farragut West, McPherson Square and Federal Triangle during rush hours.

80 North Capitol Street line connects Foggy Bottom, McPherson Square, Metro Center, Gallery Place, and Union Station at all hours.

Orange Line Stations

Metrobus

3Y East Falls Church - Rosslyn - Farragut West - McPherson Square (rush hour only)  NEW - Supplemental Schedule - Eastbound | Westbound
23A, 23B Ballston - Crystal City; transfer to Yellow Line to travel to/from Downtown DC
38B Ballston, Virginia Square - Clarendon - Court House - Rosslyn - Foggy Bottom - Farragut Square NEW - Supplemental Schedule - Eastbound | Westbound


Arlington Transit

ART 42 Ballston - Pentagon with service to Ballston, Virginia Square and Clarendon; transfer to Yellow Line to travel to/from Downtown DC

ART 43 Court House - Crystal City with service to Rosslyn; transfer to Yellow Line to travel to/from Downtown DC.

Fairfax Connector

Fairfax Connector 699 express service - Fairfax County Government Center - Downtown D.C. (please consider utilizing early morning trips that have more capacity)
Fairfax Connector supplemental express bus service between Vienna Metrorail Station and Pentagon. Transfer to Metrobus and ART to Arlington/D.C.

DC Circulator

Rosslyn - Dupont Circle
Eastern Market - L'Enfant Plaza
Georgetown - Union Station

OmniRide

Metro passengers in the Prince William County area should consider OmniRide Express bus services.

Residents of Gainesville or Manassas who don't want to start their commute in Dale City or Lake Ridge could take an OmniRide Express bus to the Pentagon and transfer there for free to an OmniRide Express bus on the Dale City to Pentagon and Rosslyn/Ballston route.

Buses that serve the Portsmouth Commuter Lot in Manassas have seats available for new passengers, and there's ample parking there. As an added benefit, OmniRide Express buses that travel along I-66 are currently offering half-price fares.

Silver Line Stations

Metrobus

5A Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Lot - Rosslyn - L'Enfant Plaza
X1 Benning Rd Line serves Minnesota Ave, Union Station, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom (rush hours only)
X9 Benning Road H Street Limited serves Minnesota Avenue, Gallery Place, and Metro Center all day weekdays; extends to Capitol Heights at rush hour

Fairfax Connector

Fairfax Connector 599 express service - Reston North Park & Ride - Pentagon - Pentagon City - Crystal City

  • Please consider parking at Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station Garage
  • Board at a temporary bus stoop on Reston Station Blvd (follow signage)

Fairfax Connector supplemental express service between Reston South Park & Ride and the Pentagon

OmniRide

Metro passengers in the Prince William County area should consider OmniRide Express bus services.

Residents of Gainesville or Manassas who don't want to start their commute in Dale City or Lake Ridge could take an OmniRide Express bus to the Pentagon and transfer there for free to an OmniRide Express bus on the Dale City to Pentagon and Rosslyn/Ballston route.

Buses that serve the Portsmouth Commuter Lot in Manassas have seats available for new passengers, and there's ample parking there. As an added benefit, OmniRide Express buses that travel along I-66 are currently offering half-price fares.

Blue Line Stations

Metrobus

23A, 23B Ballston - Crystal City
7Y Pentagon to Farragut Square
16C Pentagon to Metro Center
16 Pentagon to McPherson Square

Arlington Transit

ART 42 Ballston - Pentagon, with service to Ballston, Virginia Square, and Clarendon.

ART 43 Court House - Crystal City with service to Rosslyn.

Fairfax Connector

Fairfax Connector 599 express service - Reston North Park & Ride - Pentagon - Pentagon City - Crystal City (Please consider parking at Wiehle Reston East Metrorail Station Garage)
Fairfax Connector 393,394 express service between Saratoga Park & Ride and the Pentagon
Fairfax Connector 310 service between Rolling Valley Park & Ride, Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station and Huntington Metrorail Station

OmniRide

Those who typically take Metrorail to Rosslyn/Ballston could take an OmniRide Express bus from Dale City to Pentagon and Rosslyn/Ballston.

Another option would be taking an OmniRide Express bus that connects Lake Ridge with Crystal City, where passengers can transfer to Arlington Transit's 43 bus that serves the Rosslyn/Ballston corridor. (Some transfers are free; for others, passengers must pay the difference between the two fares.)

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RAIL


Metrorail

  • Customers south of Pentagon should use the Yellow Line for travel to/from Virginia and Downtown DC.
  • Customers on the Orange and Silver lines in Maryland should consider using the Green Line from Greenbelt or Branch Ave for travel/to from Maryland and Downtown DC.

Virginia Railway Express (Clarendon)

  • Manassas Line - select trains via Burke Center to Crystal City, L'Enfant Plaza, and Union Station.
  • Fredericksburg Line - via Franconia-Springfield or Alexandria to Crystal City, L'Enfant Plaza and Union Station.

MARC


PARKING


  • If you park and ride from Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church, East Falls Church or Wiehle-Reston East stations, consider using other county or Yellow/Blue line Park & Ride facilities.
  • If you park and ride from New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood, Minnesota Ave, Capitol Heights, Addison Rd, Morgan Blvd or Largo Town Center stations, consider using Green Line Park & Ride facilities.

CARPOOL, VANPOOL OR OTHER OPTIONS


Commuter Connections - A regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, providing information on all your commute options, including ridesharing information for those interested in carpooling or vanpooling to and from work.

Arlington Transportation Partners - Vanpool services for commuters in Arlington County.

Alexandria Rideshare - Carpool and vanpool services for commuters in Alexandria.

Fairfax County Commuter Services - Ridesharing resources for commuters in Fairfax County.

goDCgo - goDCgo is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) that encourages the use of sustainable transportation, providing transit resources and consulting services to DC organizations and commuters.

RideSmart - Carpool and vanpool services for Prince George's County.

OmniRide Ridesharing Services - Find carpool and vanpool services for Prince William County.

Capital Bikeshare - Metro DC's Bikeshare system, covering Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Alexandria, VA; Montgomery County, MD; Prince George's County, MD; and Fairfax County, VA.

Bike & Walk Fairfax County - Information on transferring from trails to transit.

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WEEKEND SERVICE


Weekends of August 11-12 and 25-26 service will operate as follows:

  • No train service between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle.
  • Farragut West and McPherson Sq stations closed.
  • Metro Center will only serve Red Line trains.
  • Orange Line trains will operate in two segments: between Vienna and Foggy Bottom and between Federal Triangle and New Carrollton.
  • Silver Line trains will operate in two segments: between Wiehle-Reston East and Foggy Bottom and between Federal Triangle and Largo Town Center.
  • Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle.
  • Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery only.
  • No rail service between Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn stations.
Weekend of August 18-19 service will operate as follows:
  • Orange and Silver line trains will single track between McPherson Sq and Smithsonian stations at all times.
  • Blue Line trains will operate between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery only.
  • No rail service between Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn stations. Use Yellow Line and transfer to/from Orange and Silver lines at L'Enfant Plaza.
For additional schedule information go to wmata.com/weekend

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Fairfax Connector to Provide Supplemental Express Service to Pentagon, Highlights Biking Connections for Aug. 11-26, 2018

Fairfax County Commutes Impacted Aug. 11-26; Metrorail Orange, Blue and Silver Line Passengers Should Consider Travel Alternatives

Half-fares on all I-66 OmniRide buses and other incentives for ridesharing

Metro planning major track work Aug. 11-26; use OmniRide

Fairfax County Travel alerts

Sign up for Fairfax County text/email Commuter Alerts

Fairfax County Commuter Services (FCCS) at 703-877-5600, TTY 711

Call Fairfax Connector's Telephone Information Center (TIC) at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608 for information on bus connectins.

If you have questions or need assistance planning your trip, please call Metro Customer Service (202) 637-7000.