Last year on May 19th, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), also known as Metro, released final plans for SafeTrack. SafeTrack is a year-long program to perform maintenance and repairs to Metrorail. According to WMATA, this effort "is a massive, comprehensive, holistic effort to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system.... by expanding all available maintenance windows." The planned "maintenance surges," will involve periods of days or weeks when segments of Metrorail system will operate on one track or will be shut down completely.
This page serves as a resource for County employees, residents, and visitors who want to learn more about WMATA's SafeTrack Plan, how the program impacts their commute, and alternative travel resources.
Surge #14 – April 15 – May 14, 2017 (WMATA Green Line Segment Shutdown)
Starting April 15 – May 14, 2017 (Surge #14), many Prince George's County residents, workers and visitors, who use the Greenbelt and College Park Metrorail Stations, will need to plan ahead to account for additional travel time and, in some cases, seek alternative transportation options for many trips that would normally be taken by Metrorail.
WMATA’s Surge #14 project will be executed in two phases in this timeframe.
During the first phase, from April 15 to April 29, WMATA will close the College Park and Greenbelt Metrorail stations, and run free shuttles between the Prince George’s Plaza and Greenbelt Metro Stations with an intermediate stop at the College Park Station.
During the second phase, from April 30 to May 14, WMATA will open the College Park Station and keep the Greenbelt Station closed, and run free shuttles between the College Park and Greenbelt Metro Stations.
During both phase 1 and 2, Green Line service out of the work zone will function as normal, except Yellow Rush+ trains will not operate.
View Details about WMATA’s Surge #14
Prince George’s County TheBus System will increase service on the TheBus Route 15X (Greenbelt to New Carrollton) throughout the entire Surge #14 project.
Route 15X buses will arrive every 20 minutes between 6:00 am and 10:00 am in the morning, and 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the evening.
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If WMATA's proposed line-segment shutdowns directly impact your commute and you want to seek an alternative travel method, please visit our Rideshare website. Our website provides a comprehensive listing of alternative transportation options in Prince George's County, including transit services, carpooling, vanpooling, as well as telecommuting and other employer specialized programs. We encourage commuters to visit RideSmart Solutions to learn about transportation options and benefit programs available in the County.
If you have specific questions regarding WMATA's transit services, please contact WMATA's customer service at (202) 637-7000.