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.
OR Vienna to East Falls Church
SV Wiehle-Reston East to McLean
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.
Dunn Loring Station
West Falls Church Station
Wiehle-Reston East Station
Spring Hill Station
Tysons Corner Station
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) offers courses for bicyclists of all skill levels to help adults ride more comfortably and confidently.
VRE provides service Monday-Friday on its Fredericksburg and Manassas lines from Northern Virginia suburbs to Union Station and L’Enfant Station.
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.
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.
Zipcar allows members to reserve and rent a car for as little as an hour and never requires members to pay for gas.
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.
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.
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)
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)
Find a quick and easy way to get in, out, and around DC in either the cheapest, quickest, or most environmentally-friendly way possible.
View maps and plan a trip by transit, walking, biking, or driving. Get real-time updates and notifications of delays and re-route accordingly.
Navigate your driving route with peer recommendations on detours and road troubles.
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..
Consider all public transit options in DC and plan a trip using this real-time app.
Plan your trip, find departure times for all nearby transit lines, request an Uber, reserve a car, or grab the closest Capital Bikeshare bike.
Real-time transit information for the Metrorail, Metrobus, and DC Circulator. Locally developed for the DC commute.
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.