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No Metrorail Service Will be Provided June 17 to 25 Between Shady Grove and Twinbrook During Metro's SafeTrack Surge #16: Affected Red Line Passengers are Urged to Seek Alternatives

Metro doing track workThe Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) last SafeTrack surge -- Surge #16 – will completely close the Shady Grove and Rockville Red Line stations from Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, June 25. Metro will be providing shuttle bus service from the Shady Grove and Rockville stations, but is urging commuters to avoid the stations if possible, particularly during weekday, peak travel hours and consider telecommuting, ride sharing and other alternatives. Travelers are also encouraged to consider using the Brunswick Line MARC Train from Metropolitan Grove or starting their Metrorail trip at Twinbrook, White Flint, Glenmont or Wheaton stations.

Red Line trains will operate near normal service between Twinbrook and Glenmont every eight minutes (normally every six minutes). Additional Red Line trains will operate between Grosvenor and Silver Spring every four minutes (normally every three minutes). However, commuters are advised to allow additional time to travel to their destinations.

Check the  WMATA website for updates. For more information, contact Montgomery County’s 311 Call Center 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 311 from within the County, 240-777-0311 from outside the County or use   Maryland Relay Services .   Online help  from 311 is always available.

safe track 16 local shuttle mapTo assist travelers, WMATA will be operating free shuttle buses on two routes:

  • At all times of the day, a local route will operate between Shady Grove, Rockville and Twinbrook stations. The local shuttle at Shady Grove will pick up passengers on the west side at Bay C.
  • An express route will operate weekdays only from 5 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 7:30 p.m. between Shady Grove and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations. The express shuttle will pick up passengers on the east side of Shady Grove at Bay G.

NOTE: At the Rockville Metro station, shuttle buses will pick up passengers on MD 355/Rockville Pike. At Twinbrook, shuttles will stop at the Twinbrook station bus bays. Metro and Ride On staff will be on hand to direct riders to the shuttle buses. 

Rockville Metro map during SafeTrack Surge 16

Twinbrook Metro station during SafeTrack Surge 16

Other Metro bus options include the T2, which operates between Rockville and Friendship Heights, and the Q line buses, which operate between the Shady Grove and Silver Spring stations.

Commuter Bus
The Maryland Transit Administration’s Commuter Bus Route 505 from Hagerstown/Myersville to Shady Grove/Rock Spring and the Commuter Bus Route 515 operating between Frederick/Urbana and the Shady Grove Metro Station/Rock Spring will serve the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station for morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups instead of Shady Grove.

Ride On
Ride On is assisting WMATA by providing five additional express shuttle buses running between the Shady Grove and the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Stations.  All Ride On service will remain unchanged during the surge. Consider taking Ride On Route 46, which operates between Montgomery College-Rockville and Medical Center, or Ride On Route 47 , which operates between the Rockville and Bethesda Metro stations. Or, check other Ride On routes online or by using Metro’s Trip Planner . Ride on will have staff available at the Shady Grove and Rockville stations to help commuters. 

Improving Bus and Traffic Flow

MCDOT will:
  • Coordinate with Montgomery County and Rockville Police to provide traffic control to improve bus operations at key locations.
  • Monitor traffic flow and adjust traffic signals in areas most affected by SafeTrack to improve bus operations and traffic flow.
  • Suspend MCDOT road repair projects along key commuter routes affected by the surge.
  • Request that the Maryland State Highway Administration restrict lane closures and construction projects along key routes affected by the surge.
Additional Resources

WMATA Surge #16 Brochure ( English ) ( Spanish )

Here’s some mobile applications (apps) and websites that offer other transportation alternatives: 

Split ride sharing logoSplit

Split is a ride-sharing app designed for people who want to share rides with others going in the same direction. 

For more information visit Split’s website at:

Uber logoUber

Uber is a ride-hailing app that notifies drivers in an area of your location. Fares are set based on demand. Within the D.C. area, UberPOOL allows users to split rides.

For more information visit Uber’s website at:

Lyft logoLyft

Lyft is another ride-hailing app that notifies drivers in an area of your location. Fares are set based on demand. Lyft is offering steep discounts during peak commuting hours within the D.C. area on its Lyft Line, which allows users to split rides. 

For more information visit Lyft’s website at:

Waze logoWaze

Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app that allows drivers to share real-time information on traffic conditions. 

For more information visit Waze at:

Ride On logoRide On Real Time

The Ride On Real Time app provides riders with real time information about the location of Ride On buses.

For more information visit:

DC Metro Hero logoDC Metro Hero

DC Metro Hero provides real time information about Metrorail service. 

Find out more about DC Metro Hero at:

Regional Partnerships

Director's Office · Montgomery County Department of Transportation · 240-777-7170 · Fax: 240-777-7178 · 101 Monroe Street · 10th Floor · Rockville, Maryland 20850 ·
For any MCDOT service requests, call 311. Outside the county, call 240-777-0311 or submit via the website.   For website issues, broken links or comments, please email us(does not handle service requests).
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