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.
Early to mid-August WMATA Green Line Shutdowns (Suitland and Branch Avenue Stations/ Naylor Road Station during weekends)
From August 5th – 20th, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will close the Branch Avenue and Suitland Metrorail stations to perform maintenance work on this rail line segment. During this timeframe, WMATA will also close the Naylor Road Metrorail Station on the weekends, August 12-13 and 19-20.
Prince George's County residents, workers, and visitors who use Metrorail Stations should plan ahead to account for additional travel time, and explore alternative transportation options trips that would normally be taken by Metrorail.
During the closures, WMATA will operate two express shuttles from Naylor Road to Branch Avenue, and from Naylor Road to the Suitland Station every 5-10 minutes during peak travel times, and every 20 minutes during off-peak periods. In conjunction with this express shuttle, WMATA will also operate a local shuttle between all affected stations (Naylor, Suitland, and Branch Avenue) on a 30-minute schedule.
During the last two weekends (August 12-13 and 19-20), WMATA will operate a local shuttle between four stations (Branch Avenue, Suitland, Naylor Road, and Southern Avenue) and an express shuttle between Southern Avenue and Branch Avenue. During these weekend operations, the shuttle will run every 10 to 20 minutes.
You can read the details about WMATA’s upcoming track work at: https://www.wmata.com/service/track-work.cfm
Prince George’s County TheBus transit system provides service to the Naylor Road Station through the Route 32 (Naylor Road – Clinton via Camp Springs). Buses are scheduled every 30 minutes between 5:30 am to 7:30 pm Monday through Friday. The Route 32 bus schedule can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4143
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.