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WMATA Blue and Yellow Lines Station Shutdown Bus Service Plans


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WMATA Blue and Yellow Lines Station Shutdown Bus Service Plans : Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting - Jan.15, 2019

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WMATA Blue and Yellow Lines Station Shutdown Bus Service Plans

  1. 1. WMATA Blue & Yellow Lines Station Shutdown Bus Service Plans Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting January 15, 2019 Dwayne Pelfrey Fairfax County Department of Transportation
  2. 2. State of Platforms  45 outdoor stations – concrete platforms have been exposed to weather and de-icing agents for decades  Platforms built 35-40 years ago are now deteriorating • 10 stations already have rebuilt platforms • 15 stations have platforms in good condition • 20 stations have platforms requiring immediate attention; temporary measures installed where needed to stabilize and ensure safety until reconstruction occurs  Concrete repair is a necessary safety project
  3. 3. • No station should experience two major outages in a three-year period • Focus construction on summer and major holiday weekends to reduce impact on loyal commuters • Concentrate work to minimize impact to riders, rather than conducting a series of smaller outages • Deliver best possible service outside work zone • Provide public notification several months in advance Metro’s Major Outage Guidelines to Minimize Customer Impacts
  4. 4. • Complete 20 stations between May 2019 – September 2021 utilizing continuous work plan • $300-$500 million in capital project costs over three years • Extended summer shutdowns on portions of the system each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day (when ridership lighter) • Work continues at other times of year with limited single tracking or shorter track outages to minimize service impacts • Advance planning to coordinate with jurisdictions and partner agencies; provide customers at least three months advance notice of service impacts and mitigation options for riders Project Plan
  5. 5. Regional Transit Partner Response • WMATA organized an interagency working group comprised of the region’s public transit agencies, Virginia Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, and Virginia State Police to plan a comprehensive response to the three-month station closures. • Options being discussed include shuttle bus service, increased service on parallel bus routes, water taxi service, and enhanced VRE commuter rail service. Department of Transportation 5 WMATA Fairfax DASH ART VRE PRTC Loudoun
  6. 6.  May 25 – September 2, 2019: • Shutdown BL/YL south of National Airport • Stations Closed: Braddock Rd, King St, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn St, Franconia-Springfield • During a typical weekday rush hour, approx. 17,000 customers board at these six stations (8% of ridership)  September 3 – 29, 2019: • Single tracking on BL, between Van Dorn St – Franconia-Springfield • BL trains every 24 minutes Capital Investment: Platform Rehabilitation Project
  7. 7.  Conducted October 2018  Surveyed existing Metrorail customers who entered or exited one of the affected stations at least five times in September 2018  More than 10% of 17,000 riders affected by shutdown took survey NoVa Customer Research
  8. 8. Local Huntington to Crystal City 10% Express Franconia to Pentagon Transit Center 13% Express Huntington to Pentagon Transit Center 11% Local Franconia to National Airport 5% Metroway 6% 10A 6% 11Y 6% 8Z 4% 21A 3% Free Shuttlebuses Regular Metrobuses Expected Demand for Alternatives Would you use these alternatives? “Certainly Yes” responses only All Affected Customers 100% Non-Metro Modes 36%
  9. 9. What is the best way to communicate information to you about alternative travel options? Select top 3 sources. 1% 1% 4% 5% 6% 7% 13% 15% 16% 18% 27% 31% 36% 43% 61% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Other Instagram Facebook Twitter Radio news show Audio announcement in Metro station or… Television news show Newspaper online or print Brochure mailed to your home address Video screen in Metro station or aboard train WMATAcom Poster aboard train Brochure distributed at Metro station Poster in Metro station Email or text message from Metro
  10. 10. System Impact • On a typical weekday during peak periods, the Blue/Yellow Metrorail corridor can see up to 8,000 passengers per hour by the time trains reach the Pentagon Metrorail Station. • On an average weekday, Metrorail sees about 30,000 entries at the six stations south of National Airport station that will be closed in summer 2019. • Experience from past SafeTrack work has shown that 60% of daily Metrorail riders will take advantage of the free substitute bus shuttles and connect back to Metrorail. 10
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  12. 12. WMATA Bus Plan 12 Route Days Span Frequency (in minutes) Peak Buses Operators (est.) From To 8Z Wk 5:35 a.m. – 8:50 p.m. (Midday service added) 12-20 (Peak) 30 (Midday) 2^ 3 Quaker Ln. / Osage St. Pentagon 10A Wk 4:25 a.m. – 1:46 a.m. 15 (Peak) 30 (Off-Peak) 4** 4 Huntington Pentagon 11Y Wk 6:31 a.m. – 9:03 a.m. 4:10 p.m. – 7:24 p.m. 5-10 (AM Peak) 5-15 (PM Peak) 5** 5 Mt Vernon Washington D.C. 21A Wk 5:35 a.m. – 7:47 p.m. (Midday service added) 20 (Peak) 30 (Midday) 2^ 3 Landmark Area Pentagon Metroway Wk 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 6 (Peak) N/C N/C Braddock Rd Pentagon City Shuttle 1 Wk, Sa, Su 5:30 a.m. – Midnight 6 (Peak) 12 (Off Peak) 13 24 Franconia Pentagon Shuttle 2 Wk, Sa, Su 5:30 a.m. – Midnight 10 (Peak) 15-20(Off Peak) 11 20 Franconia National Airport Shuttle 3 Wk, Sa, Su 5:30 a.m. - Midnight 6 (Peak) 12 (Off-Peak) 12 22 Huntington Pentagon Shuttle 4 Wk, Sa, Su 5:30 a.m. - Midnight 4-6 (Peak) 25 38 Huntington Crystal City ** - Buses required will supplement existing service. ^ - Buses required to provide midday service.
  13. 13.  Routes serving the WMATA Blue and Yellow Line Metrorail Stations at Huntington and Franconia-Springfield
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  15. 15. Fairfax County Response • As a funding partner of Metrorail and Metrobus service, Fairfax County (along with the other regional partners) has been asked to provide support during the station shutdowns. • FCDOT staff has evaluated the existing Fairfax Connector bus service and resources to determine what assistance could be provided. Department of Transportation 15
  16. 16. Department of Transportation 16 Option Span of Service Headways (in minutes) Maximum Number of Buses Closure Period Revenue Hours Closure Period Operating Cost Routes 393 / 394 5:13 – 10:08 A.M. 3:35 – 7:59 P.M. 10 4 1,516 $180,404 Huntington Metrorail Shuttle 19 hours (Mon.-Thurs.) 20.5 hours (Fri.) 18.5 hours (Sat.) 15.5 hours (Sun.) 10 2 3,776 $449,344 Fairfax Connector’s Supplemental Transit Service  Add morning and afternoon trips on Fairfax Connector express Routes 393 and 394 o Capitalizes on existing parking capacity at Saratoga and Backlick North Park-and-Ride Lots o Provides 10-minute headways during peak periods o Adds two buses to each of Routes 393 and 394 o Adds 22.3 daily revenue hours to weekday schedule  Develop shuttle bus service, operated by Fairfax Connector, between Huntington Metrorail Station South and Huntington Metrorail Station North o Addresses bus station access issue due to demolition of south parking garage o Operates on 10-minute headways’ o Operates on weekdays and weekends
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  18. 18. Other Travel Options • Promote Alternatives to Driving Alone • Alternative transit service options • Park-and-ride facilities where capacity for ridesharing arrangements and connecting transit service exist • Flexible/alternate work schedules and telework options • Leverage Commuter Connections ( • Facilitated by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Commuter Connections provides resources for: • Locating regional telework/co-work centers • Carpools and vanpool services • Facilitating park-and-ride searchers • Assisting with Guaranteed Ride Home program sign-ups • Regional database to leverage commuter options and programs (12,000 employers/40,000 commuters) Department of Transportation 18
  19. 19. Public Outreach Strategies • Fairfax County information landing page at • Information dissemination through all available platforms including: • Advertising (radio, online, bus shelters, movie theaters, etc.) • Media outreach • Geo-targeted social media • Partner organization outreach • Community outreach • Collaboration with local, regional and state PIOs, MWCOG, and WMATA communications • Close coordination with regional Transportation Demand Management (TDM) groups engaging in employer outreach efforts • Coordination with Fairfax Connector Telephone Information Center (TIC) Department of Transportation 19
  20. 20. Questions and Discussion Department of Transportation 20