Crystal City-Pentagon City-Potomac Yard Transportation News

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Crystal City-Pentagon City-Potomac Yard

June 17, 2016

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Metro SafeTrack Surge 2 Starts Tomorrow

Affects Orange/Silver/Blue Lines

SafeTrack Surge #2 is a shutdown of the Orange/Silver/Blue Lines between Eastern Market and Minnesota Ave/Benning Road from June 18 through July 3. In addition, there will be no Blue Line trains operating between Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn.


Arlington's response plan includes changes in Crystal City

Arlington is supplementing Metro’s efforts to assist travelers during SafeTrack Surge 2 - view plan details.


Local bus service

Starting June 18, ART 43 (Crystal City-Rosslyn-Courthouse) will offer new midday, evening and weekend service, providing a direct connection from Crystal City to the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

Also starting June 18, the ART 43 and 92 bus stop near the VRE station entrance will be relocated to the Transitway station at 18th Street & Crystal Drive, to provide safe and convenient access between ART, Metro and VRE services during SafeTrack.


Street operations
The County is making temporary street operation changes around the Crystal City Metro station to accommodate alternate travel options (view map). Starting June 18, only buses will be allowed to enter South Bell Street between 15th and 18th Streets.


Construction Updates

ART facility construction photo

ART Bus Facility

New sidewalk and roadway features continue to be prepped on South Eads Street – be aware of minor delays in this area during daily commutes. On South Eads from 31st Street to Glebe Road, the sidewalk along the east side is temporarily closed, but the bike lane remains open.


ConnectArlington, the County’s fiber-optic high-speed network, was successfully installed at the project site this week. The contractor is laying down the base structure for the roof and has now begun laying block. Nearly half of the building’s interior walls have been completed. View project page and construction photos.


Crystal City Multimodal Center

This week the contractor continued work on the northeast side of the South Bell Street and 18th Street intersection. Crews reconstructed the roadway on that quadrant of the intersection and removed the pedestrian island in the middle of the road.


On Saturday, June 18, the contractor will begin work in the northwest corner of the intersection, closest to the Metro escalator.


Only buses will be allowed to enter South Bell Street between 15th and 18th Streets during the next phase of construction, which has a scheduled duration of approximately 30 days. Pedestrians are urged to follow detour signs through these areas and watch for buses when crossing Bell Street. View project page