WHAT IS THE PLATFORM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT?

During summer 2020, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Association (WMATA) will reconstruct four Orange Line platforms and connect the Silver Line to Metrorail’s existing network. Starting Saturday, May 23, all Orange and Silver Line stations west of Ballston will be closed and Silver Line service will be temporarily suspended. Orange Line service will run from Ballston to New Carrollton. There will be no Silver Line service. During this time, free express and local shuttle buses will be available to provide alternative travel options for essential workers.

 

To best handle the station closures, employers and commuters should prepare and educate themselves by knowing their transportation options.* goDCgo provides individual trip planning services for commuters to help plan the quickest and most affordable route to work.

 

*Please be sure to check the transit providers’ websites for any updates or changes to schedules given the public health crisis.

UPCOMING METRO SERVICE DISRUPTIONS

DATES AND LINE IMPACT AREA
Starting May 23, 2020

 

OR Vienna to East Falls Church

 

SV Wiehle-Reston East to McLean

OPTIONS TO/FROM METRORAIL

BALLSTON-MU Metrorail station will remain open and serve as the western destination on the Orange Line. So, all Orange Line trains will run from Ballston to New Carrollton. There will be NO Silver Line service.

 

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE will be available. The following shuttles will operate Monday through Friday from 5am to 9pm; and Saturday through Sunday from 8am to 9pm. All shuttles run approximately every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends. (See Orange/Silver Line shuttle map above.)

 

Find your shuttle location below.

Ballston-MU Station

  • Orange Line Local: Bay T3 (N Stuart St, next to 9th St N)
  • Orange Line Express: Bay T3 (N Stuart St, next to 9th St N)
  • Silver Line Local: Bay K (Fairfax Dr, between N Taylor St and N Stuart St)
  • ADA Service: Bay T1 (N Stuart St, next to Fairfax Dr)

Vienna Station

  • All shuttles located on the south side of the station
  • Orange Line Local: Bay L
  • Orange Line Express: Bay M
  • ADA Service: Bay N

Dunn Loring Station

  • Orange Line Local: Bay H
  • ADA Service: Bay H

West Falls Church Station

  • All shuttles located on the south side of the station
  • Orange Line Local towards Ballston-MU: Bay E
  • Orange Line Local towards Vienna: Bay F
  • ADA Service: Bay T1 (Kiss & Ride lot)

Wiehle-Reston East Station

  • All shuttles located on the north side of the station
  • Silver Line Local: Bay A (Reston Station Blvd, next to Bike & Ride)
  • ADA Service: Kiss & Ride lot

Spring Hill Station

  • Silver Line Local to Wiehle-Reston: Bay A (Leesburg Pike, near Spring Hill Rd)
  • Silver Line Local to Ballston: Bay B
  • ADA Service: Kiss & Ride lot

Tysons Corner Station

  • Silver Line Local to Wiehle-Reston East: Bay E
  • Silver Line Local to Ballston: Bay H
  • ADA Service: Bay C

METROBUS provides multiple routes that connect Fairfax County and Falls Church City residents to nearby Metrorail stations. Fares start at $2, cash or SmarTrip card, and service will be added on these lines during the project period.

  • 5A – Service between Dulles, Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride, Rosslyn, and L’Enfant Plaza
  • 38B – Service between Ballston, Clarendon, Court House, Rosslyn, and Farragut Square

ARLINGTON TRANSIT(ART) is Arlington’s local bus service that operates  on clean-burning natural gas and comes fully equipped with ADA accessible wheelchair ramps and priority seating. ART supplements Metrobus with cross-county routes and neighborhood connections to Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express.

  • ART55 – Service between East Falls Church and Rosslyn via Lee Highway

FAIRFAX CONNECTOR is the largest local bus system in Northern Virginia transporting about 30,000 residents on 91 routes daily. (Weekday rush hour service only; eastbound in a.m., westbound in p.m.)

  • 599 – Service between Reston North Park & Ride, Pentagon, Pentagon City, and Crystal City
  • 697 – Service between Stringfellow Road Park & Ride and L’Enfant Plaza
  • 698 – Service between Vienna and Pentagon
  • 699 – Service between Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax Corner, US Department of State, and Foggy Bottom

OMNIRIDE is a public transportation agency located in the Prince William area that provides a host of travel options in Northern Virginia. OmniRide operates express and local bus service in neighborhoods surrounded by the I-95 and I-66 corridors.

  • 60 – Service between Manassas and Tysons Corner
  • 61 – Service between Gainesville & Tysons Corner
  • 601/602 – Service between Manassas and Pentagon
  • 611 – Service between Gainesville, Farragut Square, and McPherson Square
  • 612 – Service between Gainesville, Pentagon, Smithsonian, and Navy Yard
  • 622 – Service between Haymarket, Ballston-MU, and Rosslyn
BIKING

Capital Bikeshare rates start at $2 for a 30 minute trip. With 35 stations in Fairfax County, 9 stations in Falls Church City, and over 250 in the District, Capital Bikeshare is an easy and cost-effective way to navigate station closures and connect to the nearest open Metrorail stations.

  • East Falls Church Metro – Sycamore St & 19th St N
  • Dunn Loring Metro – Gallows Rd & Avenir Pl
  • Wiehle Ave Metro
    • Wiehle Ave & Reston Station Blvd
    • Campus Commons
    • Sunset Hills Rd & Isaac Newton Square
  • Spring Hill Metro – Spring Hill Metro
  • Greensboro Metro
    • Westpark Dr & Leesburg Pike
    • Greensboro & Pinnacle Drive
    • Greensboro & International Dr
  • Tysons Corner Metro
    • Tysons Corner Station
    • Tysons One Pl & Chain Bridge Rd
    • Towers Crescent Dr & Tysons One Pl
  • McLean Metro – McLean Metro

Scooters and Dockless Bikes are currently available in the District and Northern Virginia. Scooters and dockless bikes can easily be located and unlocked using the provider’s mobile app.

  • Northern Virginia – Bird, Lime, Spin (Dockless operators may vary by jurisdiction.)
  • Washington, DC – Helbiz, Jump, Lyft, Skip, Spin (For more information about scooters in the District, visit goDCgo.com/scooter.)

Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) offers courses for bicyclists of all skill levels to help adults ride more comfortably and confidently.

OPTIONS TO/FROM DC
TRAIN/RAIL

VRE provides service Monday-Friday on its Fredericksburg and Manassas lines from Northern Virginia suburbs to Union Station and L’Enfant Station.

 

TRAILS

Trails run between the District and Virginia; Mount Vernon Trail and Rock Creek Trail are highly accessible options. Mount Vernon Trail is an 18-mile paved multi-use trail that stretches from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island, connecting with regional trails.

 

Rock Creek Trail is an 8.5 mile asphalt/dirt multi-use trail with multiple end points in DC. Each of these trails are intended for shared use by a variety of groups (bicyclists, pedestrians, and joggers) and can be used as a commuter route. Learn more at goDCgo.com/bike.

RIDESHARING

The Vanpool Alliance helps riders find vanpools that start or terminate in Northern VA through their free Vanpool Finder service. vanpoolalliance.org

 

Commuter Connections’ Ridematching program will match commuters with a carpool or vanpool – reducing road congestion and freeing up parking. commuterconnections.org

 

Sluglines assists drivers bound on the I-395/I-95 and I-66 corridors by reaching the HOV passenger requirements. Riders receive a free ride. Find pick-up and drop-off locations at sluglines.com.

 

uberPOOL, Lyft Line, and Via allow commuters to share the ride with others in the same direction and pay less for your trip. Grab a ride using the provider’s mobile app.

*Please be advised that shared rides may be temporarily paused due to the public health crisis.

 

eRideShare, SAMERIDE, and Waze Carpool are mobile apps that connect commuters going the same way in DC and Virginia.

 

Taxis can be easily located and hailed around the Northern Virginia area with 24-hour dispatch service.

CARSHARE

Zipcar allows members to reserve and rent a car for as little as an hour and never requires members to pay for gas.

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS

TELEWORK

Employees can perform their business duties outside the traditional office location. It’s encouraged more now more than ever, given the current health crisis. Video conferencing, group messaging, and similar software help to preserve office culture.

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FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

Work shift variations that include flextime, compressed work weeks, and staggered work hours. Each represents an adjustment to the traditional 9-to-5, 8-hours-a-day schedule.

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RIDESHARE

A trip or ride that has multiple passengers headed in the same direction, but the destination/origin do not need to be the same. (i.e. carpooling, vanpooling, slugging, Lyft Line, uberPOOL, Via, and Waze Carpool)

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CARSHARE

Carsharing allows users access to a fleet of vehicles based on a timed reservation system or availability, and often includes gas, insurance, and maintenance costs. (i.e. Zipcar and Free2Move)

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HELPFUL APPS

TripGo

Find a quick and easy way to get in, out, and around DC in either the cheapest, quickest, or most environmentally-friendly way possible.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

 

 

Google Maps

View maps and plan a trip by transit, walking, biking, or driving. Get real-time updates and notifications of delays and re-route accordingly.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

 

 

Waze

Navigate your driving route with peer recommendations on detours and road troubles.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

 

 

Capital Bikeshare

The CaBi App lets you purchase rides, unlock a bike, and ride right away. You can also view all station locations, see available bikes and docks, and get walking directions to them to start your ride..

Available on:  iOS     Android   

Citymapper

Consider all public transit options in DC and plan a trip using this real-time app.

Available on:   iOS     Android   

 

 

 

TransitApp

Plan your trip, find departure times for all nearby transit lines, request an Uber, reserve a car, or grab the closest Capital Bikeshare bike.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

 

 

DC Metro Transit

Real-time transit information for the Metrorail, Metrobus, and DC Circulator. Locally developed for the DC commute.

Available on:  iOS     Android   

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EMPLOYER SERVICES

Employees have many options for getting to work during the Platform Improvement Project surges. Help them choose sustainable, cost-effective, and stress-free modes. goDCgo’s award-winning Employer Services team can help! Download goDCgo’s Toolkit for Employers or schedule a FREE virtual workshop to help your employees navigate around the station closures.