Metro launches public information campaign ahead of major disruptions

WASHINGTON — Metro is launching a public information campaign to get the word out to as many riders as possible that major and consistent disruptions will soon affect the rail system.

This weekend marks the start of Metro’s SafeTrack plan, a long-term, comprehensive effort to repair and maintain the system.

Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly told The Washington Post that street teams will be handing out informational brochures to passengers at a number of stations, including Metro Center, L’Enfant Plaza, Rosslyn and Fort Totten.

Transit officials will also “post signs in stations, air radio spots and take out ads in English- and Spanish-language newspapers,” The Post reports.

On Saturday, the first of 15 SafeTrack “safety surges” will begin, leading to 13 days of continuous single tracking between Ballston and East Falls Church, affecting the Orange and Silver lines.

The maintenance effort will continue for about a year, causing single tracking and various closures across the system.

Nick Iannelli

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