Biking in Arlington During SafeTrack

What is SafeTrack?

Photo: Bike commuterSafeTrack is WMATA’s (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) solution to ongoing safety and repair issues that have troubled the region for quite some time. The SafeTrack program works to advance existing, planned track work in a safe and controlled environment. Planned maintenance surges will impact Arlington County and the entire region for at least a year.

To best handle the expected (and unexpected) delays, single tracking and shut downs in parts of the Metrorail system, commuters should prepare and educate themselves by knowing their options, including biking. For information on other modes, check out Arlington Transportation Partners’ page, and the "Additional Resources" section at the bottom of this page.

SafeTrack Surge 12:

With line and station shutdowns along the blue line (details), the best bicycle route alternative is to use the Mount Vernon Trail. Download a National Park Service Map, or check out where to connect to the trail on Google Maps.

Personal Bike Trains

BikeArlington offers custom bicycle trains/guides to anyone living or working in Arlington. Please email us at if you're interested in going for a ride!

Recommended Bike Routes

Looking for routing advice?  Checking the routes we have below.  You can also visit our Maps Page and Google Maps for bicycle route planning and directions.

Capital Bikeshare

  • A new temporary station will be added at the East Falls Church Metro Station.
  • An additional four docks each will be added at Ballston station (Stuart & 9th St.) and two Rosslyn stations (Lynn & 19th St, and Wilson Blvd & Ft Myer Drive).
  • System-wide, a $2 single-trip fare will be introduced starting June 4.


Photo: Bicyclists on multiuse trail

SafeTrack News
Metro sues employees' union in overtime pay dispute

Justin Wm. Moyer, February 24, 2017, Washington Post

Metro dips its toe into the 8000 series water

Stephen Repetski, February 22, 2017, GGW

Could a tweak to Metro's map fix Blue Line overcrowding?

Martine Powers, February 22, 2017, Washington Post

Ridership losses push Metro to financial tipping point

Faiz Siddiqui, February 21, 2017, Washington Post

Metro ridership drops 12 percent

Max Smith, February 21, 2017, WTOP

Metro GM: "We cannot be eliminating 1000 jobs a year"

Martin Di Caro, February 21, 2017, WAMU

SafeTrack's severe impact on Metro ridership

Martin Di Caro, February 20, 2017, WAMU

Metro to reduce call center hours

Faiz Siddiqui, February 16, 2017, Washington Post

What a weakened Metro means to the D.C. region

Robert Thomson, February 16, 2017, Washington Post

How the 4000 series became Metro's worst cars

Faiz Siddiqui, February 15, 2017, Washington Post

Metro makes case to local leaders for raising fares, cutting service

John Aaron, February 15, 2017, WTOP

Metro begins retiring 4000-series cars

Faiz Siddiqui, February 15, 2017, Washington Post

Costs to fix Metro could bog down budgets for schools, police

Max Smith, February 15, 2017, WTOP

Arlington Cemetery Metro to close for maintenance

Tiffany Arnold, February 3, 2017, WTOP

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