\r\nThe stations were shut down for much-needed track repair throughout the summer.\r\nBy James Cullum\r\nALEXANDRIA,VA- The summer without Metro in Alexandria is almost over! The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority estimates that all track work will be finished and the city\u2019s Metro stations will be reopened on Sept. 8.\r\n\u201cI think the shutdown is going as well as can be expected. I ride metro\/DASH, etc nearly every single day, and I spent quite a bit of time talking to residents about their experiences,\u201d Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson told The Zebra. \u201cFolks have found new routines. While it's often a little slower, it's becoming predictable, which is a good thing.\u201d\r\nIn case you missed it, all of Alexandria\u2019s Metro stations \u2013 from Braddock Road to Huntington \u2013 have been shut down all summer for much-needed track work. The city advised commuters to tack on an extra half hour to their commutes, and offered subsidized water taxis to D.C. from the Alexandria waterfront, reduced parking rates at city garages, and expanded DASH and WMATA bus routes.\r\n\u201cThe construction activity appears to be on schedule,\u201d Wilson said. \u201cI actually spoke with the WMATA general manager this morning and they remain on track for Sept. 8. We just need to hope the weather stays good.\u201d\r\nHillary Orr, deputy director of the city\u2019s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, said that the first major adjustments to the city\u2019s response to the commuting nightmare were done in the first few weeks. Metro\u2019s 11Y bus, which runs through Alexandria to D.C., for instance, was packed. \u201cWe know that the shutdown was going to be a challenge to people and it was going to add time to their commute, but what we are seeing is that all of the mitigation measures that we put in place have been pretty successful,\u201d Orr said. \u201cThe 11Y was often full, and so we heard from the community on that and we worked with WMATA to add another 11Y bus to the route.\u201d\r\nThe city also doubled the number of parking permits at Landmark Mall to 400. Parking at city-run garages also rose 12 percent from this time last year, Orr said. Additionally, more than 1,500 commuters have bought their fares on DASH\u2019s new app.\r\n\u201cWe haven\u2019t heard a lot of feedback since the first few weeks,\u201d Orr said. \u201cI think people are figuring out what their commute options are and have settled in with that for the summer.\u201d\r\nStay up to date on the project by visiting wmata.com\/platformsprogress.