In August, the Metro's Red Line will experience its first phase of SafeTrack construction, and many more NIH commuters who take Metro to work will feel the impact, if they haven't already. SafeTrack is an accelerated work plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system. The multi-phase project began June 4 and will be completed by March 2017. During August 1-7, the Takoma to Silver Spring stations will undergo continuous single tracking, resulting in 25 to 75 percent fewer trains going in both directions across most of the Red Line; exact decreases are dependent on your planned route. This will create longer wait times at stations and more crowded trains. For more information on how this phase of construction will affect your metro commute, visit: http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/metro_service_status/advisories.cfm?AID=5586. The greater impact to NIH commuters will occur August 9 – 18, when single tracking will take place between Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations. During this phase, trains will only serve Shady Grove and Rockville stations every 18 minutes. For more information on how this phase of construction will affect your metro commute, please visit: http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/metro_service_status/advisories.cfm?AID=5587. The Office of Human Resources (OHR) encourages both supervisors and employees to proactively explore whether workplace flexibilities such as compressed work schedules, flexible work schedules, and telework may alleviate transportation issues for both regular metro riders and drivers who may experience increased traffic. For more information regarding work schedule flexibilities, visit: https://traffic.nih.gov/Pages/workschedule.aspx. In an effort to provide additional service, the Office of Research Services, Division of Amenities and Transportation (DATS) has been reaching out to registered Transhare Program employees to alert them of the surges based on their self-reported commutes through their Transhare application. Through these targeted e-mails, DATS has been and will continue to provide affected employees with additional commuter options and information about workplace flexibilities.
For more information on SafeTrack and strategies to manage your commute, visit the NIH Traffic website at: https://traffic.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx.