ROCKVILLE – Metro riders suffer delays and shuttle bus rides during SafeTrack, experienced the same when a Silver Line train derailed Friday and Metro’s need for maintenance time may cancel post-midnight hours.
The Metro general manager’s repair crews launched the first Red Line SafeTrack Aug. 1 as part of his program to catch up on maintenance, just days after a Silver Line train derailed due to deteriorating rail ties. That led to Wiedefeld hiring a derailment inspector.
Wiedefeld for months asked riders to consider alternative transportation to the Metro so trains and platforms wouldn’t crowd when trains single tracked or stations shut down.
Montgomery County Transportation Director Al Roshdieh requested the same, informing residents about bike routes, arranged free shuttle buses and encouraged commuting on Marc Train or telecommuting.
Metro said Monday rail ridership decreased by between 30 percent and 40 percent and attributed this to riders seeking alternatives.
“Riders heeded the warnings of reduced service and took advantage of travel options,” Metro said. “Metrobus reported ‘steady’ ridership on routes that run along the Red Line, but no overcrowding conditions.”